The Outspoken Generation
Almost six years ago, I witnessed one of the more touching moments between a father and daughter. It just happened to be between Ella Robinson and her gay father, who also happened to be Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. After presenting her father with an award at our Family Equality Council dinner, the bishop, with tears streaming down his face, said the one thing that is singularly true for every parent I know: "Being Ella's father has been the best and most important job I have ever had."
And it was a little more than a year ago that I, like many other people, first saw the slightly grainy and shaky video of a tall, handsome young man who spoke passionately and eloquently about the love he felt for his two moms and the righteous anger he felt against those who would deny them the opportunity to marry. In that time, Zach Wahls has gone from being an unassuming engineering major in Iowa to a YouTube sensation, media personality, and effective national LGBT advocate. He's also proven himself to be a loyal and wonderful friend to many partners in the movement, including the Family Equality Council.