I could not let June end without recognizing that it is indeed Gay Pride Month, or to be more precise as declared by President Obama: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
From Wikipedia we have the following:
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month is celebrated each year for the month of June. The last Sunday in June is celebrated as Gay Pride Day. On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month". U.S. President Barack Obama declared June 2010 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, stating, “I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.” The month was chosen to remember the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan that is thought to be the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. This month is meant to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals have had on the world. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost from hate crimes as well as HIV and AIDS, and other group gathering events that attract thousands upon thousands of individuals.
I thought it would be best to let the men speak for themselves about Pride….
In the first video a young man speaks about how he and others try to make things better and “Be the Change” by making YouTube videos.
In the next video, this man describes the importance of Gay Pride. Be sure to listen to his closing remarks, they are very significant.
And what would a celebration be without highlights?
Two good related documentaries are “Before Stonewall” and “After Stonewall”. Both are available streaming or on DVD from Netflix.
Gay Pride is a continual undercurrent in nearly all the slash stories I’ve read. It was specifically discussed in a recent chapter of Deep Dish by Starfish422. Please comment about others that you know about.