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Pride is very special to me, since I helped in the first Gay Pride march in 1970. At that time it was not a “Gay Pride” march, but rather a march to show — using today’s terms — our resistance to society’s portrayal of us. It was also a celebration of what we created in the year since the Stonewall Riots. But mostly, it was a statement that we no longer would be in the closet. We were out loud and in your face!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Milk’s Words Still Ring True

Will They Now Reach Scalise?

As details of the shooting on a Virginia baseball field poured in last week, it became clear that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several congressional staffers had been saved from further injury and possible death by the brave actions of his two Capital Police security detail, Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner. As news surfaced that both were African-American and that Crystal Griner was a gay woman who is married to another woman, the earth turned on its axis just a little bit. And it happened on Pride Week, to boot.

It’s sometimes hard to keep track of news about hate-fueled shootings in the U.S. Just this week we’ve seen two high-profile shootings, but on an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. Once again, our nation was reminded of very real threat and tragic consequences of gun violence, and our hearts go out to the victims and survivors.

Former President Barack Obama once said, “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation.” On June 12th, 2016, the LGBTQ community was tragically attacked resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. A year later, we pause to remember the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub attack, as well as the 68 individuals who were injured. This June Pride month, we not only stand to honor who we are as a LGBTQ community, but pause to remember those injured and killed celebrating who they were as individuals.

For all of you who voted for this ‘Toddler in Chief’ who think you are supporting me in my relationship ... think twice. You’ve actually given me and all who are LGBTQ the clear message that you do not respect me.

So, read a Facebook post from a close friend this week, who’s lost patience for those who continue to hold that Donald Trump, while not openly a friend to the LGBTQ community, is not a menace. As we begin to revel in Gay Pride Month and celebrate in our communities, it is vital to dispel this myth, clearly and forcefully. Vague campaign promises to protect the gay community long since cast aside, the current occupier of the Oval Office in Washington is a purveyor of anti-gay pride, progress, priorities, and policy, and its high time we organize against his administration.

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