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LGBTQ Senior Citizens Discuss Love, Marriage, and America

By Sophie Saint Thomas | June 26, 2016 | Image by Sarah MacReading | Source: VICE

"Today marks the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruling that recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry. Fittingly, on this day, New York City's having it's annual Pride March, which is expected to be the largest one in the city's history. The march begins at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and concludes in the West Village, the home of Stonewall Inn.

Many in New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities have already visited the Stonewall Inn this month to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting and find solace among such senseless horror. The Pulse massacre, America's deadliest hate crime against the gay community to date, forced the country to recognize that despite the progress we've made, the LGBTQ community's life is still at stake. As Margueritte Wilkins, a gay senior citizen formerly of New York City who now lives in Washington, told VICE, "In these kinds of respect, I don't see where it's changed. I'm looking at the big picture; I'm not looking at little things. They passed the bill and x amount of people got married. But you still can't hold hands in certain places!"

For some perspective, we spoke with three LGBTQ senior citizens to ask what advice they would give to their younger selves, their thoughts on marriage, and how much work we still have to do as a society. These LGBT Americans have seen a lot of progressive changes occur during their lives, but they believe, like many, that our society still has a ways to go." -- Sophie Saint Thomas, Vice

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