When I was constantly checking updates for marriage equality in New York, I couldn't help but reminisce about where I was in 2010 when marriage equality was achieved in Washington, DC.
I was an intern with the Human Rights Campaign at the time and was even fortunate enough to help set up the first marriage ceremonies performed in the District (pictured right - I'm on the far right). The emotion and joy that filled the building that day was more than a sigh of relief after a tough battle. It was a sign of hope for the future battles in other states like New York.
No matter how young or old you are, I strongly recommend doing an internship or volunteer work with a LGBT organization like the Human Rights Campaign. In addition to being on the forefront in the DC marriage battle, HRC provided me with wonderful opportunities before and after that.
I lobbied Congress twice, once with the Arizona delegation and another with the Ohio delegation.
I had a platform to reach out to other LGBT people and their allies by being a news anchor on "Queerly Speaking" (video after the jump below).
I directly campaigned for lawmakers and citizens to support the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, even bringing the message to my hometown.
Watching the battle play out in New York made me wish I was there on the ground helping, but I am thankful for the opportunities and experiences I had while I was at HRC. If you are interested in an internship with HRC, please visit their website at http://www.hrc.org/about_us/internships.asp.
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