Unlike so many other social issues, the shift in attitude and in the legal point of view has been rapid. And, now even buttoned-down financial institution Wells Fargo has an ad targeted at lesbian couples.
How did this happen? The Wall Street Journal cites one major factor: Those of alternate sexual orientations "came out." That's a powerful lesson for all those in the business of advocacy. The key takeaway for public relations representatives and lobbyists is to create the platform for the specific category of victim to self-identify. In addition, we who perceive ourselves as having unequal status in America can figure out our own ways of "coming out."
The result: One can anticipate the new research funding which would flow into mental health and substance abuse. That could happen if those who have struggled with those medical problems "came out." And, yes, they are medical conditions, not moral or social failings.
The same "coming out" could apply to the grim state of the aging in America. It doesn't even matter if we continue to bring in decent income from working at jobs or running our businesses. Most of time we are treated as The Invisibles.
Mirroring the dominant strategy of those whose sexual orientation is alternate, we over-50 can "come out" as the human beings and professionals we are.
At social events, we can buttonhole those avoiding eye contact with us and make our presence palpable.
When working, we can apply for promotions. And raises. We can request to be invited to meetings. We can contribute ideas. We can do the extreme face time, just like Millennials.
Will the day come when there are no oppressed groups or individuals in America? It could be. Just come out and see what can happen.