It’s Pride Month! Greetings, congratulations, and cheers to all LGBTQIA+ peeps
I don’t actually know how to greet people on their commemorative days/weeks/month! Happy Pride Month! And yes, I did mean to post this on a humpday, hehehe.
(from http://mandibuzzing.tumblr.com/post/161481147036 // credits to the creator // I especially love the pun and the cats and the colors. I like all of it.)
A brief, introductory background for why we celebrate Pride Month on June (despite some people who give Cheetos a bad name refusing to recognize it, like the fragile man-baby that he is). On the 28th of June, 1969, a gay club in New York called the Stonewall Inn was raided by the police in the early hours of the morning (or night, however you’d like to look at it lol). This raid was legally justified on the grounds that the club had been serving liquor without a license, among other issues. However, during this time, there were several other instances when police raided gay clubs, and so this incited a riot, and then several days of demonstrations, from the gay, lesbian, and bisexual civil rights organizations. The Stonewall Riot is now credited as history’s first major protest for homosexual equal rights.
Much like all communities, the LGBTQIA+ community has a lot of issues, like why being bisexual doesn’t mean cheating or is heterosexual-passing (see white-passing), and basically everything about polyamory which is, like most anything, at its core, about consent. These are some of the concerns that, sadly, divide the community and somewhat delegitimize the voices of the LGBTQIA+ because they themselves can’t agree. But just because there’s confusion doesn’t mean that they aren’t legitimate. For example, the feminist community has a reputation for hating men, burning bras, and not shaving, when in fact what we really want and stand for is much simpler and yet still so complicated: the right to choose to wear a bra, shave our hair, among so many others (but we definitely don’t hate men).
To put it into perspective, think of a Star Wars or Star Trek, or Marvel or DC fan. They don’t like being mistaken for being the other, unless they like both. They want to be with a community that believes and cherishes the same things they do. That’s why it’s not as simple as saying, “Oh, why can’t I just love all humans? Why do I have to say LQBTQIA+?” Much like how All Lives Matter is not the same as Black Lives Matter, or being a humanist is not the same as being a feminist, there are certain platforms and matters that need awareness and representation, because even though we are all humans and we belong to one society, it still has stereotypes and standards which hold some peoples’ concerns and customs as illegitimate. If you can’t say it as it is, you refuse to acknowledge and recognize their existence and their value.
“Whatever!” right? You have freedom of speech, expression, and opinion, and a right to life! But only for discriminatory and derogatory jokes, phrases, and statements? You are free, but are you independent? Independence has the element of responsibility, see, and therefore if you are independent, you are liable for any thing you do and say. So whenever you declare your irresponsible speech, expression, and opinion, you infringe upon other peoples’ rights to life. And sometimes (or most of the time, really), those people belong to the LGTBQIA+ community.
Two years ago, same-sex marriage became a law in the United States, becoming one of the many other countries that have legalized it. Despite some attempts from more traditional and conservative groups denying this law, love still won, and still wins. It surprises me to no end when too much of humanity defend acts done without consent, such as abuse, harassment, and rape. Likewise, when people fight for the right, the option, or the choice to do something, such as health care, family planning, anti-discrimination, freedom of information, and same-sex marriage, which serve to better society, they disagree. I wonder how they would feel if they constantly had to fight for simple things that white, straight, cis, and non-Muslim people automatically had the choice, the option, the RIGHT to do?
But of course, they don’t even deign to think about it like that because if they did, their arguments would be invalid. So much for humanism and All Lives Matter.
Now you might feel the need to question why we only celebrate Pride Month, and why there isn’t a Heterosexual or Cis Month. Well, there sort of is. It has a Facebook Page anyway, and their petitioning for July to be the official month of awareness. Which leads me to ask now, have heterosexuals ever been persecuted for their sexual orientations and gender identities? If anything, based on the Heterosexual Awareness Month Facebook page, they only serve to promote further hate on the LGBTQIA+ community. Awareness months, like HIV Awareness, Fire Prevention, and Women’s Month to name a few, serve as reminders to the public about problems that still need solutions, if not better ones. Heterosexual Awareness Month is just like when Men’s Month (which is held on November) gets attention every Women’s Month. You don’t actually care about a day to commemorate your sex, but only feel threatened by a day that celebrates someone not you.
Please note that the LGBTQIA+ community doesn’t want to make the world gay (again? Lol) but instead to have the same rights as everyone else, and not be persecuted for loving who they choose to love. As a community, they have their own practices, beliefs, customs, and traditions, so arguing that “My religion/country/belief doesn’t agree/practice this” is irrelevant, because it’s not about you. Rather, it’s about this community’s efforts to be respected for their own, like you are. At the very core of anything, there has to be respect. Some might assume that the acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community disrespects their community, but again, it’s not about them. And much like everybody else, they have a right to exist (remember that right to like that pro-lifers keep arguing about?), a right to choose, a right to speech and expression, and everything else. It’s only a matter of acceptance. And equality.
That’s why we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community’s courage and strength this June, because, like all minorities and oppressed peoples, they deserve to be represented, and for awareness about them shared.
… we’re all unique and beautiful in our own way and entitled to love and be loved by whomever we choose.
– Barbra Streisand
Happy Humpday. Happy Pride Month.
Disclaimer: I didn’t argue about the science or the history of it all, because both would still prove the legitimacy of the community. It’s simply that people refuse to accept that which is different from them.
Why is LGBT Pride Month in June?
The Stonewall Riot
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2017
Pride Month 2017: 30 Ways (in 30 Days) to Celebrate Our LGBT Community
What You Need to Know About ‘When We Rise,’ Dustin Lance Black’s New LGBT Miniseries
5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Is Important To Same-Sex Couples, According To A New Survey
Why Gay Marriage Is Important for All Americans
Why marriage equality matters for all Americans, explained in one powerful paragraph
Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community / Barbra Streisand: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community
Gay Pride Calendar
Philippines Pride Month A / B
GALANG A / B
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