June is Pride Month: a month to celebrate the cherished diversity in sexual orientations and genders of our community, especially recognizing the accomplishments and ongoing struggles of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual people. The month is celebrated in June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots – led in part by latinx and queer people of color – which kicked off the first major demonstrations for gay rights in America.
We celebrate Pride because there is still work to do. We’ve made great progress, but there are many states in the USA where LGBTQ+ folks can still be subject to anti-conversion therapy, can be fired from the their job, can be denied housing, and can be refused healthcare because of who they are. There is currently no federal law to prevent such discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
This year, our joy in Pride is sobered by racial unrest, and we know full LGBTQ+ equality cannot be achieved without also achieving racial justice. The LGBTQ+ community would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for queer people of color working for equality in the trenches. If society can unfairly target one of us then it can target any of us. So we celebrate Pride this year by reflecting on the roots of our movement.
You have to join every other movement for the freedom of people ~Bayard Rustin
As founders of Squeaky Dog Studios, we have consistently supported non-profit organizations that work towards obtaining civil rights for marginalized communities. If you are looking for a way to help, please consider the following resources: