“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–Barack Obama
*** This is not a post to bash, humiliate, judge, deride. It is not a sermon to discuss right or wrong. So, it is my hope that you will not just click to the next post on your reading list.***
June is Pride Month
Gay pride truly started way back in 1969 at Stonewall In. The gay people grew tired of the persecution from the authorities, their raids on them which were very frequent. This frustration boiled over and the gay community decided to fight back, this lasted for three days. Bystanders were heard calling out “Gay Power”, someone started to sing “We Shall Overcome”.
The fight drew more people to gather to see what the commotion was about. People were also heard shouts of “Fagot cops”, “Pigs”. This was the beginning of the coming together of the gay people.
In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexual from the list of mental illnesses.
In 2014 the United States Supreme Court struck down all of the bans for gay marriage. It then was legalized.
The are many lessons that can be gleaned from this movement here is what I think:
- Anything worth having is worth fighting for
- We are all part of the same race, the human race
- We all have a inner desire to love and be loved
- Name calling and shaming needs to stop
- We may disagree with something but they may also disagree with you
So dear reader, I want to raise a salute to all those who paved the way through the years for the freedom of LGBTQ community!