Monday, June 04, 2018

More On Pride Month

How many time have you heard heterosexuals complain that they don’t have a Pride so why should we?
Why we have LGBTQ Pride and not 'Straight Pride'
There is a level of social and systemic privilege not afforded to many members of the LGBTQ community in North America
USA Today
By Chris Hanna, Opinion contributor
June 1, 2018

Every time a month or week — or even a day — purporting to honor the achievements of a minority group starts, in storms some seldom-silent members of the majority with cries of “What about us?”

In February, it’s, “Well, what about White History Month?”

In March, some men will decry the need for an International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th.

June is Pride Month, a time to reflect on and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history. Undoubtedly — and like clockwork — some will wonder: But what about "Straight Pride"?
Chris goes on to list the reasons…
Pride is inherently political
Pride has been celebrated every year in June since 1970 after the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, when police raided the Stonewall Inn.
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Visibility and equality
These fights for acceptance and equality aren’t over.

Living proudly and openly in societies where your well-being (emotional, physical, professional) is constantly at risk is nothing short of brave. The fact that we are seeing more people live openly and honestly despite these challenges is a miracle.
I read some of the comments and I have a reply to the hetero' comments…

  • When was the last time you were beaten by a baseball bat because of you sexual orientation?
  • When was the last time a person was stabbed 19 times because of their gender identity
  • When was the last time you were fired because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?

Have you thought that maybe one of the things that we are celebrating is that we made it through another year alive?



No surprise here…
The Trump White House Ignored LGBTQ Pride Month for the Second Year
"Why are Trump and Pence so insistent on erasing us?”
Teen Vogue
By Emma Sarran Webster
June 3, 2018

Three days into Pride Month, countless people (celebs included) and companies have already paid homage to the month of LGBTQ+ visibility and celebration. The White House is not among them.

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump’s White House left Pride Month out of its list of proclamations declaring June National Ocean Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, National Homeownership Month, and National African-American Music Appreciation Month.

The only acknowledgement of Pride Month from the Trump administration has come from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who released a brief statement on June 1. “The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons,” the statement read in part. He also referenced the fact that LGBTI people in other parts of the world face violence and arrest, and stated that the U.S. “stands firmly with you as you exercise your human rights and fundamental freedom.”



Speaking of Pride last night I went to the 31st Connecticut LGBT Film Festival “Trans Shorts Night” and there was a good turnout for it, there was maybe forty or fifty people who attended last night which was a good attendance for the festival during a non-opening or closing night.

I liked all but one of the shorts, the one I didn’t like had too much sex for me (Pre-Drink) but the last short had everyone in tears of joy.
Mrs. McCutcheon     (New England Premiere)
Dir. John Sheedy, 2017, Australia, 17 min

Ten-year-old Tim always felt he was born in the wrong body. Now he’s at his third school and once again having trouble settling in and being accepted by his classmates. But a school dance is about to revolutionize it all.

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