June is Pride Month, a time set aside to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Community. It is great to use this time to reflect on how far we as a nation have grown in recent years, to celebrate the resilience of queer community members in the face of injustices, and encourage queer people to be their authentic selves. While the LGBTQIA+ community has a lot to celebrate, it is important to recognize that the fight is not over.
Pride began as a protest. On June 28th 1969, the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn. This started a 6 day long protest that ignited the LGBTQ rights movement across the nation. It is famously known that the first brick was thrown by Marsha P. Johnson, a trans woman of color. This rebellion was a stand for dignity, respect, and for queer people to be afforded the rights of every other American.
With anti-LGBTQ bills sweeping the nation, specifically anti-trans bills aimed at children, and a rhetoric of “Don’t Say Gay'' echoing louder and louder, it is important now more than every to stand beside our friends and family members that are part of that community to let them know that they are seen and valued. Pride is a time to highlight the push for progress, the struggles that remain, and the joy, beauty, and infinite contributions of the queer community.
We strive to create a safe space where all members of our community feel empowered to be their authentic selves. We want everyone to know that Rock to the Future is not afraid to say gay. We stand with the LGBTQ communities not just in June, but year round.
In honor of Pride Month and the Stonewall Anniversary, Rock to the Future is making a $250 donation to the Attic Youth Center, a local nonprofit that supports LGBTQ youth. We ask that you consider making a donation as well.
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