As today marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we thought we’d share some history. Also, answer a question that is always asked this time of year of the LGBT community.
Firstly you’ll need to read this, (if you’re not familiar with what the Stonewall Riots were) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots
A very good summing up of the Stonewall Riots. The event that sparked the LGBT Pride movement.
There is a long and sad documented history of LGBT persecution and suppression, globally and locally.
Even today, where we enjoy a lot more legal protection from hatred and discrimination we’re still faced with daily challenges as a result of heteronormativity and cisnormativity.
Globally and in this country too, LGBT people die each day because of who they love or how they express themselves. Trans people are attacked dialy while doing mundane activities like simply trying to use the toilet!
The levels of poor mental health, physical health, safety, early death, addiction suicide and self harm amongst LGBT people is vastly higher than that of non LGBT people.
At the time of writing this article, so far this week, our service has had to deal with 3 incidents, since Monday. Where our volunteers were confronted with hostility and hatred. Not for “flaunting” or being “outrageous” but simply for doing their job.
We’ve worked with several people in the same time period who are suffering harm as a result of the behaviour of other people. Not because they’re doing anything wrong to anyone else, just simply for being themselves. For being honest.
Anyone that thinks it is acceptable for another human being to suffer in such ways, needs to question their own morality. Is it acceptable? No, it is not.
LGBT people do not celebrate pride to “flaunt their lifestyle”, court controvsy, or otherwise disrupt anyone else’s existence. They are simply saying “enough”, “I’m. Proud of who I am”, I’m not ashamed of myself”.
To the portions of the world that object to pride, and think “why isn’t there a straight pride?”, we would say this; think outside of the box.
Consider; rather than asking where is the straight pride event, say to yourself I’m thankful I don’t need a pride event, I can be myself without persecution.
Surely it does not take a huge leap of common sense to realise that Pride is a protest, it is. Rather than complaining that you don’t get the same coverage, be thankful that you don’t need to protest in the first place. Be thankful that you can live your life without the same persecution. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Treat every human with respect, only ever look down on someone when your bending over to help them up.
In honour of the originators of the pride movement, the LGBT people that have died as a result of being themselves and all LGBT people everywhere….have a happy and safe pride month.
DARLINGTON ARQ 🌈