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PRIDE 2020: Celebrate

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The History Of Pride Month And What It Can Teach Us About Moving Forward Today

We usually celebrate June as Pride Month with joy and excitement.  However Pride Month 2020 has started on a much more difficult note. We’ve spent the last few months quarantined in our homes trying to slow a pandemic. We’ve experienced the highest unemployment rate since The Great Depression, and many self-employed individuals are struggling to keep their businesses open. To add to all that, this past weekend, protests and riots raged all over the country sparked by the abhorrent treatment of Christan Cooper and the murder of George Floyd last week. It’s hard to feel hopeful or celebratory amid so much pain, turmoil and unrest. 

It may be helpful to remember that we have been here before. Throughout history, periods of upheaval moments have often given birth to genuine progress and change.  Pride Month commemorates one such time, where riots and protests created awareness of deep-seated problems and energized people to take action to create substantial change. So as the crowds march and the fires burn in many cities like Minneapolis, Atlanta, Philadelphia and my hometown Chicago, this feels like the perfect opportunity to revisit the history behind the Pride Month and use some lessons from it to move forward today.  (Continue Reading from Forbes)

Pride 2020 Is about Resilience, and We Are Resilient Together

Pride has never been just about the parties. To the LGBTQ community, Pride is about staking our place in the world and speaking truth to power. It’s about making clear that we’re here, we belong, and we are resilient — resilient together.

As our Trans Justice Campaign Manager LaLa Zannell has said: “For many Black and Brown queer and trans people, gathering in person has always come with a health and safety risk — including from law enforcement, and others who feel they have the right to harm us for simply being who we are … For many of us, this is not the first pandemic that shows the injustices in our health care, economic, and criminal justice systems.”  

Whether you’re celebrating Pride 2020 over Zoom, on the phone, or standing six feet apart from your friends donning rainbow masks — the message of Pride remains, and it’s stronger than ever. The history of Pride is rooted in the LGBTQ community responding to police violence and abuse of LGBTQ people and sex workers and those who fought back.

This year, we’re showing what Pride means to us with a new Pride 2020 zine that sums up the year in LGBTQ rights, the meaning of pride to our community, profiles of trailblazers in trans rights including Aimee Stephens, and the fight ahead as we tackle sex work decriminalization, bans on trans athletes, attempts to license discrimination in the name of religon, and more. Plus, you’ll get a crossword, word search, a coloring book page, and more fun, socially distant ways to celebrate pride in 2020. This is how we stay resilient. (Continue Reading from ACLU)

How Pride Organizers Will Uplift the Black LGBTQ+ Community this Month

The Pride movement itself began as a protest. The historic Stonewall Riots in 1969 played an important role in liberating the LGBTQ+ community and demanding equality. This year Pride organizers say it’s more important than ever to recognize that many of the leaders of this movement were people of color. Among them were two transgender women who were at the forefront of Stonewall: Marsha P. Johnson, who was black, and Sylvia Rivera, who was Latinx. Organizers say Pride programming must reflect and stand with the current protests against racism—that demanding justice for George FloydBreonna Taylor, and countless other black Americans is at the heart of what Pride symbolizes. (Continue Reading from Vogue)

 

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