"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?"- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
I think it's great that so many of you want to work for change, and I really do think we can change the unjust laws with which we are faced. I also think it's a great idea to write to our representation in Congress.
But don't forget--we are representing the youth of the gay community.
If you're writing to your state representatives, or anyone else, to speak out for gay rights, please please PLEASE try to give them a good impression by showing them that we can be just as respectable and articulate as straight youth. That means not using any profanity (duh) or controversial/politically incorrect terms. Also, just because you're writing an email, that doesn't mean you can abandon all syntax and standard protocol of written English. No intentional misspellings, slang, abbrevations like "u r" or cute little smileys. Professionalism is key in a political setting. You have to speak their language.
State your position clearly, and use respectful, formal language. If possible, get an English teacher or other educated adult to review/proofread your letter.
If you don't have any adults that you're out to, or don't feel comfortable doing that, you could probably post a draft of your letter on Oasis and get feedback from people here.
WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR OURSELVES.
Think of how powerful it would be if every repreentative in Congress- Senate and House- received letters from gay youth, expressing our side of the story. Wouldn't that be amazing? Let's show the adults that we care about our rights and fill the Capitol with our voices.