We've come a long way, with a long way left to go
My journey to this race began in 2012. Weighing in at 215 pounds, my boss suggested we climb Mt. Kilimanjaro together...in 60 days. With the clock ticking, I rolled off the couch, threw out the pint of Blue Bell ice cream I'd been eating, and nervously visited the gym I'd been paying for but hadn't actually seen in years. Though my weight loss progress had just began, I managed to make it to the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world on New Years Eve 2012. A little over 3 years later and 70 pounds lighter, I've continued to raise the bar by putting this marathon on my calendar. And while I've come a long way already -- I'm up to 20 miles in training and have turned in some great half marathon race times -- I've still got a long way to go to get to the finish line in DC.
My personal journey is not unlike our quest for LGBT equality. I came out in 1995, when the thought of legally-recognized marriage was but a fantasy -- something I assumed I would never see in my lifetime. Yet the wheels of justice and social conscience have turned much more quickly than I ever could have imagined. We've come so far, and it seems we're so close to equality in the areas of marriage, employment protection, and heathcare availability... but there's much work left to be done, as evidenced by recent events in the news.
That's why I'm proud to join the HRC Athletes for Equality in running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015. Not only am I running for the cause, but I will also be making contributions of my own throughout my training to take a stand for equality.
Will you help support The Good Fight by making a tax-deductible donation to the Human Rights Campaign? Any amount you give now will go a long way for this important cause – and I'd be really, really grateful.
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