Gay Rights March On Washington Famous Speech by Urvashi Vaid
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 Hello lesbian and gay Americans. I am proud to stand before you as a lesbian today. With hearts full of love and the abiding1 faith in justice, we have come to Washington to speak to America. We have come to speak the truth of our lives and silence the liars2. We have come to challenge the cowardly Congress to end its paralysis3 and exercise moral leadership. We have come to defend our honor and win our equality. But most of all we have come in peace and with courage to say, "America, this day marks the end from exile of the gay and lesbian people. We are banished4 no more. We wander the wilderness5 of despair no more. We are afraid no more. For on this day, with love in our hearts, we have come out, and we have come out across America to build a bridge of understanding, a bridge of progress, a bridge as solid as steel, a bridge to a land where no one suffers prejudice because of their sexual orientation6, their race, their gender7, their religion,
or their human difference."


I have been asked by the March organizers to speak in five minutes about the far right, the far right which threatens the construction of that bridge. The extreme right which has targeted everyone of you and me for extinction8. The supremacist right which seeks to redefine the very meaning of democracy. Language itself fails in this task, my friends, for to call our opponents "The Right," states a profound untruth. They are wrong - they are wrong morally, they are wrong spiritually, and they are wrong politically.

The Christian9 supremacists are wrong spiritually when they demonize us. They are wrong when they reduce the complexity10 and beauty of our spirit into a freak show. They are wrong spiritually, because, if we are the untouchables of America -- if we are the untouchables -- then we are, as Mahatma Gandhi said, children of God. And as God's children we know that the gods of our understanding, the gods of goodness and love and righteousness, march right here with us today.

The supremacists who lead the anti-gay crusade are wrong morally. They are wrong because justice is moral, and prejudice is evil; because truth is moral and the lie of the closet is the real sin; because the claim of morality is a subtle sort of subterfuge11, a stratagem12 which hides the real aim which is much more secular13. Christian supremacist leaders like Bill Bennett and Pat Robertson, Lou Sheldon and Pat Buchanan, supremacists like Phyllis Schlafley, Ralph Reid, Bill Bristol, R.J., Rushoodie -- the supremacists don't care about morality, they care about power. They care about social control. And their goal, my friends, is the reconstruction14 of American Democracy into American Theocracy15.

We who are gathered here today must prove the religious right wrong politically and we can do it. That is our challenge. You know they have made us into the communists of the nineties. And they say they have declared cultural war against us. It's war all right. It's a war about values. On one side are the values that everyone here stands for. Do you know what those values are? Traditional American values of democracy and pluralism. On the other side are those who want to turn the Christian church in government, those whose value is monotheism.

We believe in democracy, in many voices co-existing in peace, and people of all faiths living together in harmony under a common civil framework known as the United States Constitution. Our opponents believe in monotheism. One way, theirs. One god, theirs. One law, the Old Testament16. One nation supreme17, the Christian Right one. Let's name it. Democracy battles theism in Oregon, in Colorado, in Florida, in Maine, in Arizona, in Michigan, in Ohio, in Idaho, in Washington, in Montana, in every state where , my brothers and sisters, are leading the fight to oppose the Right and to defend the United States Constitution. We won the anti-gay measure in Oregon, but today 33 counties -- 33 counties and municipalities face local versions of that ordinance18 today. The fight has just begun. We lost the big fight in Colorado, but, thanks to the hard work of all the people of Colorado, the Boycott19 Colorado movement is working and we are strong. And we are going to win our freedom there eventually.

To defeat the Right politically, my friends, is our challenge when we leave this March. How can we do it? We've got to march from Washington into action at home. I challenge everyone of you, straight or gay, who can hear my voice, to join the national gay and lesbian movement. I challenge you to join NGLTF to fight the Right. We have got to match the power of the Christian supremacists, member for member, vote for vote, dollar for dollar. I challenge each of you, not just buy a T-shirt, but get involved in your movement. Get involved! Volunteer! Volunteer! Every local organization in this country needs you. Every clinic, every hotline, every youth program needs you, needs your time and your love.

And I also challenge our straight liberal allies, liberals and libertarians, independent and conservative, republican or radical20. I challenge and invite you to open your eyes and embrace us without fear. The gay rights movement is not a party. It is not lifestyle. It is not a hair style. It is not a fad21 or a fringe or a sickness. It is not about sin or salvation22. The gay rights movement is an integral part of the American promise of freedom.

We, you and I, each of us, we are the descendants of a proud tradition of people asserting our dignity. It is fitting that the Holocaust23 Museum was dedicated24 the same weekend as this March, for not only were gay people persecuted25 by the Nazi26 state, but gay people are indebted to the struggle of the Jewish people against bigotry27 and intolerance. It is fitting that the NAACP marches with us, that feminist28 leaders march with us, because we are indebted to those movements.

When all of us who believe in freedom and diversity see this gathering29, we see beauty and power. When our enemies see this gathering, they see the millennium30. Perhaps the Right is right about something. We call for the end of the world as we know it. We call for the end of racism31 and sexism and bigotry as we know it. For the end of violence and discrimination and homophobia as we know it. For the end of sexism as we know it. We stand for freedom as we have yet to know it, and we will not be denied.


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1 abiding uzMzxC     
adj.永久的,持久的,不变的
参考例句:
  1. He had an abiding love of the English countryside.他永远热爱英国的乡村。
  2. He has a genuine and abiding love of the craft.他对这门手艺有着真挚持久的热爱。
2 liars ba6a2311efe2dc9a6d844c9711cd0fff     
说谎者( liar的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  1. The greatest liars talk most of themselves. 最爱自吹自擂的人是最大的说谎者。
  2. Honest boys despise lies and liars. 诚实的孩子鄙视谎言和说谎者。
3 paralysis pKMxY     
n.麻痹(症);瘫痪(症)
参考例句:
  1. The paralysis affects his right leg and he can only walk with difficulty.他右腿瘫痪步履维艰。
  2. The paralysis affects his right leg and he can only walk with difficulty.他右腿瘫痪步履维艰。
4 banished b779057f354f1ec8efd5dd1adee731df     
v.放逐,驱逐( banish的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. He was banished to Australia, where he died five years later. 他被流放到澳大利亚,五年后在那里去世。
  2. He was banished to an uninhabited island for a year. 他被放逐到一个无人居住的荒岛一年。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 wilderness SgrwS     
n.杳无人烟的一片陆地、水等,荒漠
参考例句:
  1. She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她赶着牛群穿过荒野。
  2. Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
6 orientation IJ4xo     
n.方向,目标;熟悉,适应,情况介绍
参考例句:
  1. Children need some orientation when they go to school.小孩子上学时需要适应。
  2. The traveller found his orientation with the aid of a good map.旅行者借助一幅好地图得知自己的方向。
7 gender slSyD     
n.(生理上的)性,(名词、代词等的)性
参考例句:
  1. French differs from English in having gender for all nouns.法语不同于英语,所有的名词都有性。
  2. Women are sometimes denied opportunities solely because of their gender.妇女有时仅仅因为性别而无法获得种种机会。
8 extinction sPwzP     
n.熄灭,消亡,消灭,灭绝,绝种
参考例句:
  1. The plant is now in danger of extinction.这种植物现在有绝种的危险。
  2. The island's way of life is doomed to extinction.这个岛上的生活方式注定要消失。
9 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
参考例句:
  1. They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  2. His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
10 complexity KO9z3     
n.复杂(性),复杂的事物
参考例句:
  1. Only now did he understand the full complexity of the problem.直到现在他才明白这一问题的全部复杂性。
  2. The complexity of the road map puzzled me.错综复杂的公路图把我搞糊涂了。
11 subterfuge 4swwp     
n.诡计;藉口
参考例句:
  1. European carping over the phraseology represented a mixture of hypocrisy and subterfuge.欧洲在措词上找岔子的做法既虚伪又狡诈。
  2. The Independents tried hard to swallow the wretched subterfuge.独立党的党员们硬着头皮想把这一拙劣的托词信以为真。
12 stratagem ThlyQ     
n.诡计,计谋
参考例句:
  1. Knit the brows and a stratagem comes to mind.眉头一皱,计上心来。
  2. Trade discounts may be used as a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty.商业折扣可以用作维护顾客忠诚度的一种竞争策略。
13 secular GZmxM     
n.牧师,凡人;adj.世俗的,现世的,不朽的
参考例句:
  1. We live in an increasingly secular society.我们生活在一个日益非宗教的社会。
  2. Britain is a plural society in which the secular predominates.英国是个世俗主导的多元社会。
14 reconstruction 3U6xb     
n.重建,再现,复原
参考例句:
  1. The country faces a huge task of national reconstruction following the war.战后,该国面临着重建家园的艰巨任务。
  2. In the period of reconstruction,technique decides everything.在重建时期,技术决定一切。
15 theocracy XprwY     
n.神权政治;僧侣政治
参考例句:
  1. Shangzhou was an important period for the formation and development of theocracy.商周时期是神权政治形成与发展的重要阶段。
  2. The Muslim brothers look as if they will opt for civil society rather than theocracy.穆斯林兄弟看起来好像更适合文明的社会,而非神权统治。
16 testament yyEzf     
n.遗嘱;证明
参考例句:
  1. This is his last will and testament.这是他的遗愿和遗嘱。
  2. It is a testament to the power of political mythology.这说明,编造政治神话可以产生多大的威力。
17 supreme PHqzc     
adj.极度的,最重要的;至高的,最高的
参考例句:
  1. It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  2. He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
18 ordinance Svty0     
n.法令;条令;条例
参考例句:
  1. The Ordinance of 1785 provided the first land grants for educational purposes.1785年法案为教育目的提供了第一批土地。
  2. The city passed an ordinance compelling all outdoor lighting to be switched off at 9.00 PM.该市通过一条法令强令晚上九点关闭一切室外照明。
19 boycott EW3zC     
n./v.(联合)抵制,拒绝参与
参考例句:
  1. We put the production under a boycott.我们联合抵制该商品。
  2. The boycott lasts a year until the Victoria board permitsreturn.这个抗争持续了一年直到维多利亚教育局妥协为止。
20 radical hA8zu     
n.激进份子,原子团,根号;adj.根本的,激进的,彻底的
参考例句:
  1. The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在医院得到了根治。
  2. She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
21 fad phyzL     
n.时尚;一时流行的狂热;一时的爱好
参考例句:
  1. His interest in photography is only a passing fad.他对摄影的兴趣只是一时的爱好罢了。
  2. A hot business opportunity is based on a long-term trend not a short-lived fad.一个热门的商机指的是长期的趋势而非一时的流行。
22 salvation nC2zC     
n.(尤指基督)救世,超度,拯救,解困
参考例句:
  1. Salvation lay in political reform.解救办法在于政治改革。
  2. Christians hope and pray for salvation.基督教徒希望并祈祷灵魂得救。
23 holocaust dd5zE     
n.大破坏;大屠杀
参考例句:
  1. The Auschwitz concentration camp always remind the world of the holocaust.奥辛威茨集中营总是让世人想起大屠杀。
  2. Ahmadinejad is denying the holocaust because he's as brutal as Hitler was.内贾德否认大屠杀,因为他像希特勒一样残忍。
24 dedicated duHzy2     
adj.一心一意的;献身的;热诚的
参考例句:
  1. He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
  2. His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
25 persecuted 2daa49e8c0ac1d04bf9c3650a3d486f3     
(尤指宗教或政治信仰的)迫害(~sb. for sth.)( persecute的过去式和过去分词 ); 烦扰,困扰或骚扰某人
参考例句:
  1. Throughout history, people have been persecuted for their religious beliefs. 人们因宗教信仰而受迫害的情况贯穿了整个历史。
  2. Members of these sects are ruthlessly persecuted and suppressed. 这些教派的成员遭到了残酷的迫害和镇压。
26 Nazi BjXyF     
n.纳粹分子,adj.纳粹党的,纳粹的
参考例句:
  1. They declare the Nazi regime overthrown and sue for peace.他们宣布纳粹政权已被推翻,并出面求和。
  2. Nazi closes those war criminals inside their concentration camp.纳粹把那些战犯关在他们的集中营里。
27 bigotry Ethzl     
n.偏见,偏执,持偏见的行为[态度]等
参考例句:
  1. She tried to dissociate herself from the bigotry in her past.她力图使自己摆脱她以前的偏见。
  2. At least we can proceed in this matter without bigotry.目前这件事咱们至少可以毫无偏见地进行下去。
28 feminist mliyh     
adj.主张男女平等的,女权主义的
参考例句:
  1. She followed the feminist movement.她支持女权运动。
  2. From then on,feminist studies on literature boomed.从那时起,男女平等受教育的现象开始迅速兴起。
29 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  1. He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  2. He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
30 millennium x7DzO     
n.一千年,千禧年;太平盛世
参考例句:
  1. The whole world was counting down to the new millennium.全世界都在倒计时迎接新千年的到来。
  2. We waited as the clock ticked away the last few seconds of the old millennium.我们静候着时钟滴答走过千年的最后几秒钟。
31 racism pSIxZ     
n.民族主义;种族歧视(意识)
参考例句:
  1. He said that racism is endemic in this country.他说种族主义在该国很普遍。
  2. Racism causes political instability and violence.种族主义道致政治动荡和暴力事件。
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