I love Sarah Silverman. I first met her in person at the GLAAD media awards. I love her irreverent sense of humor, but mostly I love how she uses this humor to make a point, and even make a difference. She got young people to make the “Great Schlep” down to Florida to convince their bubbes to vote Obama. By random good luck, I sat next to her on that cold inauguration day, 50 meters from where Obama was sworn into office. This week is no exception to her activism, when she takes a stance against bullying people who are gay. Importantly, she draws the connection between American policies against gay rights, including gay marriage and military service, and how these discriminatory practices send a message that trickles down to our children.
Thank you, Sarah, for speaking out and reminding us that discrimination against gay and lesbian youth is no joke.