As Pride Month 2022 draws to a close, the challenges before our Community have come into greater focus. With renewed pride and persistence our fight goes on knowing we are created equal with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Undeniable means “impossible to take away or give up” and we have been part of defending, insuring, and securing those rights for ourselves and our posterity in America from before those words were written to this very day.
“America is at its best when we make that circle of belonging wider.” — Pete Buttigieg
We didn’t know it because our stories in the Great American Story were never told. But those stories matter; our Community’s stories matter; moreover, they’re important and vital to our future.
“We are entitled to our history… I don’t think you can be a people until you have a history.” — Larry Kramer
This is why so many are now trying to silence us — our voices, our lives, and our stories. We must speak up, we must speak out, we must live Proud Out Loud!
“Your silence will not protect you,” — Audre Lorde
If you think what you do doesn’t matter or can’t make a difference, remember this. There were a whole lot of people who never thought they’d make a difference when they left for the Stonewall in 1969. But the police picked the wrong night for a raid, and somebody had had enough …and pushed back.
“The proof that one truly believes is in action.” – Bayard Rustin
We can be silenced by others if we allow them to do it. They are fueled by hate which they use to divide. Hate can only consume and destroy. Our community is, has, and always will be united and fueled by love which by its very nature is the power of creation.
To stand up for our love, fight for our love, and love Proud Out Loud is to foster hope.
Read our previous Pride Month 2022 posts