One week ago, Washington State acknowledged the right of LGBTQ couples to marry. Same-sex marriages took place as early as 12:01a.m. on Dec. 9. Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) Video Production Manager was there to film the historic event every step of the way.
Fast forward to September, the Social Outreach Seattle 10-video campaign for Marriage Equality had begun. After assembling a crew which consisted of 3 Straight boys and one Gay boy, we began our filming. The next three months would prove to be the busiest and most engaging months of my life, thus far. Day after day, I met new, dedicated, tireless, fearless individuals who were all doing their part to ensure that on November 6th, Marriage Equality would be the law of the land in Washington State. I worked my crew and myself to the bone… and then some. I immersed myself mentally, physically and emotionally into this campaign and I am glad that I did.
We released a video a day, leading up to the election, starting on October 1st. My crew and I also overshot and ended up with 25 campaign videos, instead of just 10. I guess you can say I was excited and got a little carried away! Alongside with the campaign ads, I was also covering events that were happening all around the Greater Seattle area.
November 6th, eventually came about. We waited anxiously. This was the day that all of our efforts were going towards. This was the main event. As crowds gathered around Capitol Hill, we excitedly embraced when the results came back for the Presidency. We howled when we learned that Minnesota, Maine, and Maryland had approved Marriage Equality. Finally the news struck. All of our efforts, our sleepless nights, all of the long hours, blood, sweat, and tears had paid off. It was finally recognized that all of the members of our society in Washington deserved the right to marry the person that they love.
I was numb. The smile on my face meant my brain understood what this meant, but I think many of us can relate when I say that my heart still didn’t feel it was real. I suppose happiness at that level takes some time to register.
Obama was re-elected and Marriage Equality was now a truth. Oh, and you can smoke pot legally now too! We sure made the myths here in Washington.
Marriage Equality did not become real to me until I began the filming of this video. That cold evening was made warm as I looked through the lens of my camera and captured the real human emotion of happiness. Hundreds of same-sex couples were realizing their dreams that evening and many more will in the future because of the work we did. I am happy and humbled that I could be a part of such beautiful time in our history.
To those who guided me and/or were there for me during this amazing time in my life, thank you. This was truly a blessing to experience.
It’s amazing what everyday human beings can accomplish when the cause is just and the driving force is love.” –Dru Dinero