As it comes to the end of PRIDE month, let me remind you of the reasons that we celebrate it.
People all over social media have said that the month of June shouldn’t be about LGBTQ but that there are people that are far more “important” such as veterans, or the military.
In fact for those who didn’t know, the military does a month dedicated to them.
“Military Appreciation Month” is the month of May, not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember those who have sacrificed and serviced our great country, but the month also hold several other military anniversaries and events which include Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces day. Now, let’s remember why it is important to celebrate PRIDE and its month.
The morning of June 28th, 1969, the New York City police had raided the Stonewall Inn, which happened to be a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. They were legally able to raid the Stonewall because they were was assumption that they were serving liquor without a license.
But at that time, it wasn’t unusual for law enforcement to target gay clubs. What was uncommon is that the crowds would fight back.
The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. on the last day Sunday of June it used to be celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties’ workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events have attracted millions of participants around the world.
Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. We celebrate PRIDE not for the events but to recognize the impact that lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history whether it is locally, nationally, or internationally. I personally believe that we need to take more time to know the LGBTQ community, for some reason people are to afraid to see different.
Like it is something we must adjust to. Its sad to see that everyday human beings must fight for their rights, or just want to be accepted. Why don’t they have the same rights we do? why is it so hard to accept what is different? It is 2019 people, we shouldn’t be hearing your ignorant comments about how June should be dedicated to more important people, LGBTQ people are important, your sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles or best friend might be a part of that group.
Its symbolic to those who are proud of who they are. Don’t take that away from them, celebrate with them, show off your PRIDE, show each other love.
Because some LGBTQ people don’t have families, LGBTQ kids are born into straight families without a support system or anyone to turn to as they try to figure out they are unlike most others. For this reason, a public celebration of the LGBTQ community is vital, broadcasting to the world that queer people can find love and acceptance if they have the strength to seek it.
So Happy Pride everyone, let you rainbow flags fly, and remember love is love, that’s all there is to it.