Robin is currently an organizer for GetEQUAL, an LGBT organization in the US specializing in grassroots development and the implementation of civil disobedience campaigns. The woman is an inspiration. In the face of a political climate where the leading LGBT organizations are afraid of action, tentative about actually fighting for change, Robin steps forth as a fearless leader. Robin was recently arrested in California for acts of civil disobedience and speaking out against the inaction of the national government on issues such as Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and Immigration Reform.
When I became involved in organizing student groups across the state of VA, I got in contact with leaders of the National Equality March. From there I started following their successes and reading their blogs.
One escalation after another continued over a period of about two weeks, and just this Saturday I met with Robin in Richmond, VA for a strategic planning meeting for the involvement of college students in the fight for equal protection of LGBT people under federal law. It's not often that my planning meetings end with the opportunity to hug my hero, but now I can most definitely say that the LGBT movement's capacity for love and support with ALWAYS outshine the hatred of its opposition.
Action can be simple. Action can be complex. Action is always a personal investment, but it is an investment that we can't bear to pass up. What I've learned from Robin is that it takes a strong person to stand up for what he/she/ze believes in. I'm here to share in her strength. I'm here to share my own strength with others. Together we fight for equality, and together we will be equal.