Pride 2015 was a time I’ll never forget. I remember sitting in my Houston office as head of the oil program at the Intercontinental Exchange, tensely awaiting news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Obergefell v. Hodges. I, like so many others, will never forget that moment or where I was when Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the verdict, thereby granting marriage equality. Just like most of us will never forget where we were on 9/11, this moment will stick in my mind for years to come.
That very evening, my friend and professional cake maker, Jody (who for years I thought was named Jody Cakes, only to find out her real last name was Stevens), baked me a cake, which I shared with dozens of friends to celebrate marriage equality. This is a weekend I will remember forever—a moment in my life when I felt such a sense of pride in who I was and for my community. It was a moment for so many of my friends and acquaintances to loudly celebrate who they were, and for many, the first time in their lives to feel equal in their right to marry the person they love.
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