In honor of Pride Month this June the LGBTQ community upholds self-affirmation, dignity, equality and yearns for increased visibility as a group. Most Americans relate to the LGBTQ community with their emblematic Rainbow Pride Flag, their language, and their unique challenges in a society that can sometimes feel like it does not fully accept or protect them.
PrideMonth increases our awareness of the struggles faced by the LGTBQ community. Seeing government officials like Mayor Daniella Levine Cava showing more and more that they care makes a huge difference. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava initiated Pride Month by raising the Pride Flag and Progress Flag at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center for the first time to honor diversity within the community.
"We strive to make this community a more welcoming place for all people, no matter their sexual orientation, identity, or gender, and I'm proud to raise the Pride flag for the very first time at Government Center as a symbol of inclusion, tolerance, and shared pride in our LGBTQ community"Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
History of Pride Month
Bill Clinton was the first U.S. President to declare "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month" in 1999, Barack Obama declared June as the official LGBT Pride Month. Lastly Joe Biden has declared June the official LGBTQ Pride Month.
The Judicial branch has also moved forward with recent historic Supreme Court rulings that affirm the right to marriage equality and a secure workplace environment for the LGBTQ community.
Likewise, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act addresses hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation. The LGBTQ community like many others seek self-affirmation, equality, and the need to feel accepted and protected.
Recent legislation and Supreme Court decisions are making progress towards the necessary changes. Since 1999 the LGBTQ community has received national recognition, nevertheless, there is still a long path ahead.
The more public and private organizations raise awareness, the faster the changes towards inclusion will occur. Others should replicate initiatives such as Mayor Cava’s.