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Kat’s Blog: A Time to Reflect

Easter, a holiday with candy, decorations, family visits and children participating in Easter egg hunts. A holiday that so far, is fine for registrants to celebrate.

Halloween, candy, decorations and children, yet it’s outlawed for registrants.

I don’t get it, it doesn’t make any sense. We could say that there’s the religious element to Easter   therefore they can’t take that away from us. But, there are those whose Wiccan religious beliefs include celebrating Oct.31st, Halloween, is their right to celebrate their religion denied them? I’m not certain how one religious holiday is OK for registrants and another isn’t.

But as far as we know, Easter is an OK holiday for registrants, so go ahead and bite those ears off the chocolate bunnies and squish those peeps, enjoy yourselves.

Today I just want to take a moment to share what I’ve learned from writing this blog.

There’s a lot of good readers out there.

I want to thank those of you who read the blog and take the time to comment.  Your comments, both positive and negative help bring new issues to the forefront.  It helps me know what we need to be discussing, what I need to research further and what new obstacles registrants are dealing with. You’ve alerted me to my errors in fact checking and given me knew subject ideas that we need to be talking about.

When I wrote about suicide it was heartwarming to see registrants “helping” registrants. Those who identified with the suicide issue, whose comments sounded like they were in distress or at the end of their rope were met with supportive and hopeful comments from many of you.  We need that, we need to help each other when we don’t think we can make it more day, because we all have days like that. I am grateful to those of you who reached out with support.

With many of the comments, I’ve noticed a dialogue begins between those commenting.  You offer not only thought provoking discussions back and forth, but provide each other with links to government, informational and reference sites.  The more we can help each other learn about our rights and about what we can do to take them back, the better.  Keep talking, we’re all in this together, the more voices that are heard, the louder we get, the powers that be will begin to hear us.  For many of us we’re already seeing small changes in our states, the recent ruling in Windsor Locks, CT, was one small example. We can  effect change.

Many registrants live their lives in fear of ever saying or doing anything. Many are living lives of quiet desperation.

That’s no way to live. If you want a life you need to fight for it.

If all you can do right this moment is comment, then comment.  It lets us know you’re out there, that you are invested in making things better, that you do have a voice.  If you can do that, who knows what else you can do, attend support groups, go to conventions or call your legislators.

When I look back on where we’ve been, we are making progress, granted, it’s slow, but it is progress none the less.  Take some time and reflect on what you can do to help the effort to end the registry.

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