“Gay, straight, bi,whatever, it doesn’t matter. Love is love.” – Amber Liu
Happy Pride Month!

As today is the beginning of June which marks the month that LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Pride Month is celebrated in every year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. During a tropical summer evening in New York on June 28, 1969, police attacked the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which emerged in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. This occurred because individuals call for the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and socialize about their sexual orientation without fear or fright of hate from others.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first "March on Washington" in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.

Below are some inspiring quotes if you are among those in the LGBTQ community and feel ashamed and afraid of your sexuality. Love yourself and own your sexuality. Love is love, no matter who it is or where it comes from.

“Don’t be afraid. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t ever apologize for your sexuality. Just be you.” – Sonya Deville
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel
“There’s no better time than now to be who you are.” – Boy George
“We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.” – Sylvia Rivera
“Don’t let anyone define you. You define yourself.” – Billie Jean King
“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love. It matters only that you love.” – John Lennon
“Marriage is a language of love, equality, and inclusion.” – Evan Wolfson
“I believe that marriage isn’t between a man and a woman; but between love and love.” – Frank Ocean
“There is nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.” – Chris Colfer
“All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality.” – Andreja Pejic
“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” – Barack Obama
“Gay rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton
“You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people.” – Judith Light

Last but not least, Happy Pride Month!
Bronx, NY
Wasila Ibrahim
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Created on 2021-06-01 at 16:28 and last updated on 2021-06-01 at 16:40.