“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” – President Barack Obama
In case you don’t know, June is pride month. It is present to commemorate the Stonewall riots which occurred at the end of June in 1969. The first official pride parade happened in June of 1970. It was organized by Brenda Howard and a committee she put together. Since 1970 there have been countless parades and celebrations all year long, but particularly in the month of June.
Pride month is for everyone to embrace who they are and let the world know. Not just embrace it but be proud of it. With allies including mom’s and dad’s offering hugs, the entire cast of Schitt’s Creek, and more.
On top of the celebrations, there are also memorials held for the members of the community who didn’t get so lucky. Remembering those that lost their lives due to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS.
This month is extremely important, over half of the LGBTQIA+ community has experienced depression recently. This correlates almost directly with half over of the community not being out to their family.
Today is the last day of pride month but the celebrating doesn’t have to wait until June 2022, you can continue it. Spread awareness and love wherever you can.