It's an amazing time in the history of the world! Every day we come together more and more to share the goodness in our hearts, and every day we find more and more opportunities to hold much-needed conversations about equality and human rights. Goodness is growing.
However, while preparing for the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in the U.S., an uneasy feeling lingers for some due to the lack of progress being made and sustained. States are still fighting the ruling and new battles emerge every day, like the tragic Orlando shooting and the North Carolina transgender bathroom laws, and only twenty countries currently have full marriage equality. It was too easy to no longer feel the goodness created just one year ago, and it was becoming too difficult to hold on to hope.
That's why after many years of working with, and being inspired by, the Human Rights Campaign, a cross-functional team from Digital Surgeons came together to create a message of love. The group consisted of people from across not just this country, but the globe. They came together from across the country with people on our team hailing from Texas and North Carolina, New York, Connecticut and from across the globe with team members from Australia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and England, in order to remind everyone that there’s goodness everywhere. We were inspired by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda who said it simply, through tears, in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre at the 70th Tony Awards, “Love is love is love is love is love, and love cannot be killed or swept aside. Fill the world with music, love, and pride.”
Together, we created One Love, a global visualization platform for the world to show its love and support. We believe that as people speak out over issues, like right now in Florida and North Carolina, the residents who feel their home is in fact a beautiful place filled with beautiful people can see their area lighting up with support. And, we believe that when someone feels like no one around them understands them, they'll see they are never alone. Even if we, those who seek love and equality, are in the minority, we will see the globe light up with hope, and we can remember we are in fact changing the world.
I myself come from North Carolina — a beautiful place full of beautiful people. But, that's not what the world is seeing right now amidst the battle over transgender bathroom rights. People see a place full of hate and discrimination, and while it was easy feeling embarrassed and saddened, I was lifted up when I realized that I was not alone. I felt empowered by the organizations and individuals refusing to do business in the state, driven not by profit but by what's right — equality. And, I was filled with hope by seeing Carolinians take to social media to tell the world that those decisions were not theirs. They are in fact full of love, for everyone. It warms my heart to know there are others out there who look around at the hate and bigotry surrounding them, and they say, “This is not me, this is not my town, these are not my people. WE are stronger than this. There is love here!”
Simply, we at Digital Surgeons were moved by how people could plant their foot in the ground and say that a place doesn't dictate character or opinion. We are all our own people, but we are all still one. One world, full of love. We know the good hearts are out there in towns and cities across the world. We just need to hear them. We just need to see it.
So, please join us in sharing this experience. Let's come together and live by each other's happiness. Let's light up the world with love.