So did people with disabilities.
We all won rights that had already been granted us in the Constitution 200 years before in theory.
But the courts and society finally caught up and recognized our claims.
And amazingly, and, in the terms of the whole human history, blazingly fast, culture seemed to have shifted.
All the old hierarchies and entitlements seemed to be on shaky ground which brings us to now.
Here we are in 2017 and our browser seems to have gone down.
And we are in danger of losing all our information.
And we seem to be reverting to the factory settings.
But we're not.
We're not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and oppression and hiding who we are because we owe it to the people who have died for our rights and who died before they got their own.
And we owe it to the pioneers of the LGBTQ movement, like Paula Grossman, and to the people on the frontlines of all civil rights movements not to let them down.
I am the most overrated and most overdecorated and currently, currently, I am the most over berated actress, who likes football, of my generation.
But that is why you invited me here, right?
Okay. The weight, the weight of all my honors is part of what brings me here to the podium.
It compels me.
It's against every one of my natural instincts, which is to stay the f*ck home.
It compels me to stand up in front of people and say words that haven't been written for me, but that come from my life, my conviction and that I have to stand by because it's hard to stand up.
I don't want to do it.
I don't want to be here.