Women's March Lancaster 01.21.17

It's no secret that I struggle heavily with social anxiety. Going into a large crowd of strangers makes me physically ill. Today was different. Most of the world is aware today there was a large peaceful March in DC for women's rights. Sister marches took place all around the world. Even as close as my hometown. Being a photographer obsessed with street photography and photojournalism, as well as a woman that is concerned about the future, I knew I had to suck it up and go. That is exactly what I did. I swallowed my fears and dove in head first. The march was not only inspiring but made me hopeful for what's ahead. Especially once I saw how many people took part. We are all in this together. We can all make a difference. We have to, for us, and we need to for our children. It was great being able to exercise my First Amendment right. 

I wasn't there to bash Trump or whine about the election results. That is over and done. I wish him the best during the next 4 years and honestly hope he has our best interests at heart. I certainly don't think he does, but I will happily be proven wrong. I went under the guise of primarily documenting this event. I quickly found myself feeling empowered. 

Shortly after the election results I made an announcement to my family and friends. One that, surprisingly to me, didn't play well with some. I am part of the LGBTQ community. I am a bisexual woman. I honestly didn't think it was going to be a big deal to announce, I mean, some already knew, and I am married to an amazing and supportive husband... so why would it change anything if they knew. I guess for some it was too much to understand. I am sorry for that. But I have never felt happier and more in my own skin than I have since that day. 

So this morning I left this march feeling hopeful. That eventually, sex, sexuality and race, will no longer be a hot button issue. We are all humans. We all live on the same planet. Let's just leave it at that. Let's stop making it about boy or girl, black or white, straight or gay. Let's make it about US. 

Erin BerryComment