There’s Still Much More We Must Do
Palm Springs Pride, who organizes Pride events in the Coachella Valley, in collaboration with nearly two dozen community organizations, is calling on LGBTQ+ people everywhere to attend and support the June 11 Equality March for Unity and Pride, rising up to tell the world that they will not be silent in the face of oppression.
June is traditionally the main month when LGBTQ+ people around the world take to the streets to celebrate pride and in myriad ways demonstrate the diversity of our community and our allies. But 2017 is very different. After years of progress on many fronts we now have fervent opponents of LGBTQ equality in control of every branch of the US government. Pride has taken on a new urgency in 2017. With celebrations happening in hundreds of locations throughout the month and The Equality March for Unity & Pride centered in Washington, DC on June 11, there will be opportunities for everyone to show their Pride, protest anti-LGBTQ efforts and put a face on the larger community at this critical time.
Pride celebrations were born out of protest in the late 1960’s, from the Compton Cafeteria and Stonewall riots, as well as pickets in the mid-1960’s in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA. In 2017, protest can take many forms. Many are organizing Pride events to create venues to speak up for LGBTQ rights in their own cities and states; some are joining the National Equality March in DC to stand against the current administration’s homophobic and transphobic policies; and of course, simply celebrating LGBTQ+ identity in the face of those who see the community as “less than” for can be an act of protest in itself.
At Pride, the LGBTQ community can and must come together to welcome all of its diverse members, embracing its role as larger intersectional communities that are inclusive of people of every age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, profession, ability and income. No one has a monopoly on the definition of Pride; rather, each Pride aims to create a venue where all LGBTQ+ people can be themselves.
Even as the community comes together to face the immense political challenges posed by this administration, Pride organizers and attendees are reminded that their place in history will be built on the accomplishments, and the hard-won struggles, of all those who came before. Pride organizations have a vital role as the stewards of this history. In that spirit, we call on all LGBTQ+ people to plan now and take part in our local Pride on November 4 & 5, whether by volunteering, marching, or simply attending.
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Pride can be among the most powerful acts of resistance, and this year, LGBTQ+ Americans across the country will raise their voices louder than ever against those who would rescind their hard-won rights.
I personally invite you to join us this Sunday, June 11 at Frances Stevens Park for the Equality Rally and March for Peace and Unity and save-the-date for the largest Pride celebration ever in Palm Springs November 4 & 5, 2017.
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