Our True Colors - Red, White, and Blue, and Violet, Green, Yellow, too
by New Jersey's award-winning portrait and family photographer, Pamira Bezmen, of Pamira Bezmen Photography
As we gear up for a weekend of family, friends, and celebrations, decorated with flags of Red, White and Blue, I am once more proud to be an American.
Just like in all communities, we have imperfections and issues that need fixing. And we raise our voices until the cows come home or until those issues get fixed. But this week, I am very happy that on this weekend of flags Red, White, and Blue, we also get to celebrate some other colors. Beautiful colors. Colors of love, equality, humanity, caring, tolerance, and freedom. We get to celebrate the Yellows, the Oranges, the Violets, the Greens... The colors of the rainbow!
We get to celebrate the men and women of this great nation who previously felt left out, suffered, and had to carry broken hearts in their chests, never feeling like they truly belonged. In the land of the free, they were not free.
Finally in our grand union where we say "all men are equal", we are a bit more equal. Equal to love and marry as our hearts desire. Finally we are recognizing that love is universal and that it is the ultimate freedom to choose who we love.
As I always say, if marriage is a legal contract that is a choice and a privilege - or a prison and a curse, depending on how you look at it - all citizens should have equal access to it. And now they do.
In the end, love won. This, to me, sounds like a real good Independence Day!
Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone! Be safe. Love to your heart's content. And keep your loved ones close.