• Kathleen Barr

Pride and Pandemic🌈🥰



On June 28th 1969, the New York City police violently raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. The raid sparked outrage among the lgbtq community and the residents of the town which led to 6 days of protests and rallies. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. June 28th was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day." In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, we celebrate LGBTQ+ pride throughout the month of June through the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity and equality for the queer community all over the world.


Last June, millions of people paraded in the streets all around the world to celebrate Pride, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. But I think it’s fair to say that Pride is looking a lot different this year. Although we cannot celebrate with the usual festivities that surround Pride month, it is important to know that this year’s pride is equally as prominent as others. This is an opportunity to shift the focus of pride away from all of the parades and festivities and focus on the LGBTQ+ community, their history as well as future.


I could go on and on but as an LGBTQ ally, I feel as if though my voice would be better used to share the work of members of the queer community. The LGBTQ+ community is still fighting for their voices to be heard, it is important to use this time to educate ourselves and have conversations with one another. Below are a list of blog posts written by queer writers that are well worth your time this Pride month.


NYPD Uses Pepper Spray on LGBTQ+ Marchers During Stonewall Anniversary

By Tracy E. Gilchrist and Trudy Ring

https://www.advocate.com/news/2020/6/29/nypd-uses-pepper-spray-lgbtq-marchers-during-stonewall-anniversary


This article discusses how on the 50th anniversary of the first Pride event, police in New York City shoved, pepper-sprayed, and arrested protesters at the Queer Liberation March for Black Lives Matter. This piece is incredibly important to read during these times since the issue of police brutality towards the black and queer community is a devestating and continous event.


Finding the Courage to Embrace My Bisexuality

By Muhammad Modibo Shareef

https://bi.org/en/articles/bravely-bi


In this piece by Muhammad Modibo Shareef, the authour opens up about accepting his sexuality and opening up to the world. This heartfelt piece gives an honest and open look into the hardships every member of the LGBTQ community goes through when coming out to the world.


50 Years of Pride — Stonewall Brought a 100-Year-Old Movement into the Daylight

By Ian Lawrence-Tourinho

https://bi.org/en/articles/50-years-of-pride


Ian Lawrence writes about the global phenomenon that is Pride. Lawrence discusses how the movement started, how it exists today and the future of Pride.


9 Films Based on Real LGBTQ+ People

By TM Obscura

https://www.pride.com/movies/2020/6/23/9-films-based-real-lgbtq-people#media-gallery-media-1


In this piece the author lists movies you should see that are based on real people from the LGBTQ+ community.


Bi.org’s List of Bisexual Characters on Film and Television

https://bi.org/en/bi-characters


Check out this link to get an extensive list of various movies and TV shows that feature bisexual characters.


As pride month comes to an end, it is important to remember that we should not just celebrate the LGBTQ+ community today, or this month, but everyday and always. Respect, acceptance, love and kindness. Love is love❤️🧡🧡💚💙💜


Thanks everyone and Happy Pride


-Kathleen


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