As Pride Month 2015 comes to an end, we can take a few minutes and look back on the great things that have gone on through it:
On May 29th, 2015, President Obama stated “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.” During this proclamation was the first time in the history of the United States that a president used the words
Of course, there were pride events everywhere, with some of the largest occurring in Chicago and New York City. No celebration was larger, though, than the international joy that began on June 28th. The nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage fell on the anniversary of the monumental Stonewall Riots, a major stepping stone in LGBT history. The Stonewall Riots were a citizens revolt against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, which increased tensions between the police and gay community. Activist organizations were formed, and now it is an annually celebrated event.
Something to remember though is that the fight is still far from over. As pointed out by Rolling Stone magazine, pride lets us celebrate our history but also reminds us that we have a long way to go.
Keep pride in yourself, not just this month but every day!
As our Live Free Be Strong founder likes to point out, “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to ME!” Make every month, and every day, a reason to celebrate who you are.