Written by Guy Pacitti
Pride Month honors the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) community in June each year. Undeniably, Pride Month 2020 will hold a unique and memorable place in history as celebrations this year have taken a different form in response to a global pandemic and social distancing. Nonetheless, the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies remain steadfast in celebrating the progress made over many years. For the LGBTQIA+ community, police raids in 1969 at New York City’s Stonewall Inn and the following six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street marked a momentous time of change. We’ve since seen many important advancements, including, most recently, the landmark ruling by the United States Supreme Court that anti-LGBTQ+ job discrimination is illegal. Yet, there remains much work ahead. This year, Pride Month, which recognizes progress made after those seminal protests, is set against the intense backdrop of today’s global protests against racism, which have been fueled by centuries of oppression against the Black community and sparked by the killing of George Floyd. These are protests that many believe can’t wait for a pandemic to pass. Expression of voice has taken priority over the call for social distancing. Action is stepping in where injustice has lived for far too long. And people are coming together to call out the racial and social inequalities that continue to exist.
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