June is Gay Pride Month, and during this tumultuous time in our nation’s history, we recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Month was established to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which catalyzed the gay rights movement. Although progress has been made in the fight for equal rights regardless of one’s sexuality, there is still much to be done in terms of encouraging inclusiveness and raising awareness. I leave you with the words of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, who lobbied tirelessly for LGBTQ people, racial and ethnic minorities, and other marginalized communities, until he was assassinated in 1978.
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” Harvey Milk