For a second time, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation of marches, parades, and massive rallies that are the hallmark of Pride Month. But thanks to the massive vaccination efforts of the Biden Administration, this year we will be able to gather safely with our friends and, as Armistead Maupin calls it, “logical family” to celebrate who we are, who we love, and who we can become as individuals and as a Community.
Every Pride Month comes with the dynamic of balancing the joy of our accomplishments with fighting the injustices and inequities that still exist. But Pride 2021 is even more complicated. We’re adjusting to a sudden post-pandemic life, as well as the loss of so many in our Community to covid which took a devastating toll on our friends of colors. For many of us, we’ve been here before during the AIDS crisis. (What’s more, there was a conservative party hellbent on destroying us; now they’re bent on destroying our democracy.)
But from the Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the Reagan Era of the 1980’s to today, we have survived and thrived in the face of overwhelming injustice, brutality, and hate because we came together in unity. If diversity is our strength, then unity – the ability of the entire spectrum of our community to come together as one, is our superpower.
We must never let forces from outside our Community or factions within drive wedges between us. We may not agree on everything but we surely can agree, we are stronger together. We’ll never know for certain who threw the first punch or first brick on June 28, 1969, but we do know we all showed up that night and fought back together.
Unity, the Heart of our Community
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