It was only a few years ago I discovered that June is the official LGBT Awareness/Pride Month. At first, I thought this was something that happened only recently, but its actually been around longer than I had thought. LGBT Awareness/Pride month started off as only a day celebration that was held on the last Sunday in June. This was to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which is believed to have been America’s first protest regarding LGBT equality. From the late 1960s/early 1970s where we only had one day to celebrate this community, to now where its a whole MONTH of celebrating and raising awareness. I’d say this is quite a significant feat for everyone! This shows that we, as a society, are becoming more aware of individual rights and are more accepting of different lifestyles.
…but of course there will almost always be push-back from nay-sayers and super religious crowds. And thats okay, too. We all know what we mean when we say “Pride” month, there’s really no hiding that fact. However, aside from the real reason why we celebrate it, I feel like there’s a deeper meaning in celebrating this month. We say that this month is all about awareness, but being LGBT is not an illness, disease, or disability that needs raising awareness for. The awareness is moreso understanding that the members of this community is no different than anyone else, aside from their sexual preferences. Why should these people be treated differently based on that? Its just as illogical as giving preferential treatment to people based on skin color. The deeper meaning I see in this month is being aware of each other & of ourselves, and loving one another. Love and respect everyone for their uniqueness and differences, because our world would be gray and boring if we were all the say. We should be embracing each other’s individual personalities, especially our LGBT friends that get the wary side eye from strangers who don’t even know them personally. Open up your hearts and mind to awareness, and remove hate and prejudice!
This month, open up your hearts and minds to LOVE. You don’t have to make friends with someone within the LGBT community, if you don’t have one. We should take this month as an opportunity to be acquainted with each other and create mutual understandings of each other. We should be aware of this subtle difference even though it truly bears no weight on our daily lives.