Happy Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month! We’ve earned the right to be loud and proud.
We’re taught in grammar school that everyone is created equal, and yet we learn as we grow up, that we’ve been sold a bill of goods. It’s a noble idea that we continue to fight for, because equality remains an elusive dream for many.
Many people outside of the LGBT community wonder why we bother. Some people mock us, and say they’re celebrating heterosexual pride, or straight pride, which is insulting. When someone promotes “straight pride” it’s akin to endorsing “white pride.” Straight people haven’t been systematically denied their rights, or been murdered, beaten, persecuted, or harmed, because of their sexuality. Gay people experience that every day.
We want to be treated equally, and we want to live openly and freely. We want to be able to work, and we want to be happy. Is that unrealistic? Is that too much to ask or expect of our families, friends and neighbors? Is that a concept that some religious leaders, and politicians, don’t understand or want to comprehend?
We celebrate pride for us, because it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate who we are, and who we love. We have a huge party for our community, and for our self-selected LGBT families, without fear - because we’re with our tribe.
We celebrate proudly, and we exude love and pride, despite the fact that our nation is filled with haters. We don’t allow that negative energy to detract or diminish the love we have for each other, because our capacity to love lasts forever.
Happy lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month!