Politics Five years after the Pulse nightclub massacre the fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues
What are the origins of Pride Month? And who should we thank for the LGBTQ celebration?
Take a look back into the origin of Pride month, who we celebrate and the Black and Latinx transgender community's impact.Though 2020 brought most traditional Pride festivals to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some states are easing back into in-person and virtual events this year.
Five years ago, I was gifted a framed copy of President Obama's finalcelebrating LGBTQ+ Pride month at the last Obama White House . My wife and I left the East Wing that evening feeling proud and prepared to continue encouraging elected officials to pass LGBTQ+ inclusive laws in the United States.
This exuberance came to a grinding halt the next morning, when my younger sister called to report that 49 people, mostly of color, had been murdered overnight by a mass shooter at Pulse, anHaving grown up in Central Florida, this news hit dangerously close to home. Like many gay and queer friendly clubs, Pulse was for our community. News of the Pulse massacre shattered this notion of safe haven. I flew to Orlando later that day to help assist LGBTQ+ community and faith leaders organize and provide support on the ground.
LGBTQ activists say Florida Gov. DeSantis' funding cuts will hurt Pulse survivors
The governor's office called the claims "patently false."DeSantis, in signing the state budget Wednesday, took money away from Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center and an organization that houses homeless LGBTQ youth, according to a list of budget items he vetoed.
With blood staining the streets and sidewalks, state figureheads like(R-Fla.) and then-Gov. attempted to convey compassion toward LGBTQ+ people; the same demographic on the campaign trail. Storefronts, restaurants and places of worship posted #OrlandoStrong signs and messages on windows. Religious , memorials and vigils were held in honor of those who needlessly perished due to this senseless and horrific act of violence.
The Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando is a harrowing and poignant reminder of why we need legislation like the.
After Pulse, politicians and elected officials on both sides of the aisle were quick to denounce violence and acts of hate against the queer community. Many outwardly express their support for the LGBTQ+ community today, especially during pride month. While verbal support can be powerful, we need to enact laws that guarantee the same rights and legal protections as other historically marginalized groups. Five years have passed since the Pulse shooting. Still, thehas yet to see the president's desk.
Transgender Salvadoran killed despite long search for safety
SAN MIGUEL, El Salvador (AP) — Rejected by her family, Zashy Zuley del Cid Velásquez fled her coastal village in 2014, the first of a series of forced displacements across El Salvador. She had hoped that in the larger city of San Miguel she could live as a transgender woman without discrimination and violence, but there she was threatened by a gang. She moved away from San Miguel then back again in a series of forced moves until the 27-year-old was shot dead on April 25, sending shockwaves through the close-knit LGBTQ community in San Miguel, the largest city in eastern El Salvador.
Because of this, Black LGBTQ+/SGL people specifically are more likely toand at risk of both physical violence and discrimination.
Thankfully, the Orlando community has put in considerable effort to learn from this tragedy. City officials committed to building anand memorial park alongside the path that survivors traversed to escape the shooting. Community organizations have also to support the disproportionately impacted Latinx LGBTQ+ community and to families of victims and survivors.
After the Trump administration's merciless attacks against the LGBTQ+ community, reading President Biden's LGBTQ+ Pride Monthis bittersweet - a sobering reminder that recognition and inclusion of our community is not guaranteed.
Although public opinion in the United States is in, United States laws do not reflect this reality. The onus is not just on queer people to demand protection of our fundamental and basic human rights, as we have for generations; we need our allies to join us.
Happy Pride? How About Fewer Rainbow Emojis, More Action.
Here’s one thing you can do, indeed should do, to cast a real downer over brunch or sunbathing this weekend. When someone brightly greets you with a “Happy Pride!,” answer, as witheringly as your inner Dame Maggie Smith will allow, “Is it?” What else can one say after this first-week-of-Pride-month, featuring social media feeds dripping with rainbow emojis, individual and corporate smug self-congratulation, emails advertising every product under the sun made rainbow-colored, and pat messages of empowerment? Yet what is the point—apart from self-interest, self-promotion, and the easiest kind of cheerleading—of this orgy of pathetic virtue signaling when LGBTQ rights, a
So far, 2021 has brought a barrage of state-sponsored billsagainst transgender children with animus. To fight back effectively, we must advocate for the passage of state and federal legislation that safeguards the LGBTQ+ community's right to exist without fear.
With less than six months in office, Biden has taken a number offavoring the LGBTQ+ community. Cross department programs like the Gender Policy Council now exist to help protect women, both cisgender and transgender, from violence and discrimination. It is my sincere hope that the Domestic and Gender Policy Councils focus specifically on the wellbeing of Black transgender women, who live under constant threat of violence and .
The Pulse nightclub massacre took place during pride month. This gruesome moment of anti-LGBTQ+ violence and so many more are inextricably linked to insidious laws, and lack of protective laws, that make discrimination against LGBTQ+ people technically legal.
For lawmakers and advocates who have sat on the sidelines over the last five years, it is not too late to act, and to honor the lives lost and will continue to lose without your action. To truly move forward, we must all march, dance, and celebrate Pride this June just as vigilantly as we own our power to fight for equal rights and justice for all. Want to celebrate Pride? Call your U.S. Senator to urge them to support passage of the Equality Act today.
Victoria Kirby York, MPA, serves as the deputy executive director of the , the leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ+/SGL people and communities. She has been an advocate for over twenty years as a former leader in Florida politics and a leader in a number of social justice movements including healthcare access, Black civil rights, and LGBTQ+ rights movements.
The Unorthodox Priest Leading Poland's Fight for LGBTQ Rights .
In deeply devout Poland, activists are trying to create a space for people to be openly LGBTQ and also Christian . They are part of a growing international movement of churches and religious organizations that advocate LGBTQ rights. In recent years, clergy have begun blessing same-sex marriages in New Zealand’s Anglican Church, Germany’s Catholic Churches and U.S.’s Presbyterian Churches. In Poland, it’s almost impossible for openly LGBTQ people to remain an active part of the Roman Catholic Church, which, according to activists, excommunicates people who are openly LGBTQ.