On the last day of June, which is highly recognized as Pride month, I must repeat again that I stand as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and try my best to learn even more than I know every Pride month. Pride month is beautiful, and even though I think Pride month should be celebrated more than one month because of the milestones they have overcome. I try to watch webinars so I can continue to learn and become an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community even though I don’t consider myself as one.
The last two nights, I watched @thechoosetrueproject with Shannon + Justen, who is also known as Shad as they came on Instagram LIVE to continue to educate and discuss everything pride. It was very insightful, the history of PRIDE and where we are today when it comes to the issue of PRIDE. I didn’t know that PRIDE started as a riot by a black women in New York on June 28th. When we think of feminity and just inner strength to be attacked on that led the riot. @thechoosetrueproject did an excellent two-day series discussion of PRIDE and what it means to be an ally, the dangers of wanting to express yourself as an LGBTQIA+, plus many other topics that pertain to the community and what we can do to help as allies/advocates or as a member of the LGBTQIA+ as yourself.
I hope everyone celebrated PRIDE month with class.
Also within the month of June is Juneteenth, and for the first time in political history, the Biden administration made Juneteenth a Federal holiday. Juneteenth happens to be my late father’s birthday, but specifically on that day I wait to splurge and simply buy BLACK. With the history of June 19, 1865 being the birth of ‘Freedom Day’ amongst other names, it’s a time to reflect and get back to reclaim what is ours. Now the talk of reparations for descendants of slave owners need to be discussed, but hopefully starting Juneteenth as a Federal holiday will open up for discussion the wants and needs of the black community.