It has been 50 years since the first Gay Pride celebration which was after the Stonewall riots of 1970. This year, outdoor celebrations have been cancelled all across the country and around the world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead of celebrating in the street, the celebrations have moved to online. Global Pride is hosting an online event via Facebook. Taking place on Saturday, June 27th, Pride organizations from across the world will celebrate Global Pride 2020. With musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures, it will stream 24 hours of content that reflects and celebrates the diversity of LGBTQIA+ people everywhere. There will also be a large number of local pride virtual events so be sure to check in your area.
Another reason for this community to celebrate is the Supreme Court ruling that came down on Tuesday. It grants protection of LGBTQ people from being terminated in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or for being transgender. According to NPR, Monday’s ruling was remarkable in many respects. Nearly half the states have no legal protection for LGBTQ employees. Now, the federal law will protect employees in those states.
And of course, today is also the celebration of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the freeing of enslaved persons in Texas in 1865 two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. As we celebrate pride, we should also remember and uplift LGBTQ people of color, like Marsha P. Johnson, one of the leaders of the Stonewall riots.
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