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Loud and Proud: Pride Month

Love, acceptance, tolerance, and hope are always worth quoting. To be in love and loved is said to be the best feeling in this world and I couldn’t agree more. Accepting someone and our own self for all the flaws and strengths takes courage, tolerating someone you love even when it seems difficult to do so is tremendous. Hoping for the best life with love, respect and equality is a basic human right. Why are we discussing so much about all this?

As many of you might be aware of June, known and celebrated as the “Pride month” across the globe, this one is for them and for those who wonder what it is?

Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots. Pride Day is celebrated on June 28. The day marks the date in history when the first pride march was held in New York City in 1970. The last couple of days I have been scrolling through so many “pride month, LGBTQ+” posts on Instagram and thought why not research a bit about it and share my thoughts as well. I read a few articles on the LGBTQ community and my heart filled with sorrow to read their struggles just to be accepted in the society, to be understood and considered as normal by their parents, friends, fighting the whole world to be loud and proud of their sexual orientation and themselves. When I read about this month’s history and why it is celebrated, I couldn’t help but ponder that where are we as a society right now? Read it yourself: “On a hot summer’s night in New York on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was a black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson, leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and clashes. The message was clear — protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.” It happened in 1969, 52 years ago and here we are, still discriminating based on most basic human rights. Even today they feel the need to hide their sexual identity, how they feel about themselves, who they love, and so on.

I have found a new respect for them, the ones who are struggling yet manage to smile and spread happiness. I may not be the most knowledgeable person to talk about the LGBTQ+ community and their rights but I do have a platform and their stories need to be heard and shared. The struggle is to be noticed but just as a fellow human being, to be considered normal, to be able to hold anybody’s hand, to marry anyone regardless of their gender, to be able to visit public places without hesitation, to be treated with respect and dignity is their right. Let us all make this world a better place to live, try appreciating individuality, and respect all. You never know who might end up being the best human being you have ever met, your best friend so why not be kind to everyone and make them feel secure and happy.