Today, on June 26th, 2016, we celebrate the one year anniversary of marriage equality in the United States. Since then, over 100,000 same sex couples have been legally married in the US alone. Also and unfortunately, since then, there have been a number of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community and their allies (RIP to all of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and all others lost in hate crimes like this one). Today, we honor all those lost in these hate crimes while celebrating freedoms that we as a community and country have gained. Although we have a long ways to go, today is for celebration and remembrance in the most positive light, and I hope everyone enjoys the ending of pride month all around the world.
As pride month ends, pride does not. Every single person, LGBTQ+ or not, has value and meaning. In fact, a shirt being sold at SF pride says: “Pride for racial, economic, and social justice”. Pride is the essence of equality, not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but for all communities and bodies of people. Pride is about support and love for one another, and although it is focused on the LGBTQ+ community, it is a time of acceptance for everyone, no matter what color, size, shape, ability, etc. Weighing importance of one group over another should not be tolerated, and all of us need to watch how we treat others and love others, not only at this time, but all of the time.
So, all of the serious stuff set aside, let’s talk about that “positive light” that I mentioned before. Yesterday, I walked around Civic Center Plaza and got glitter thrown all over me whilst listening to blaring music and being surrounded by many kind souls. Everyone there shared the goal of celebrating each other in all of our similarities and differences. I saw plenty of fabulously dressed – and undressed -people, got dressed in a bunch of rainbow swag, and talked to so many bright people. I saw tears shed out of happiness, and a community gathered together in love – not fear or hate. This is a difficult time to do that: people are worried about the global economy, the presidential election coming in the fall, terrorism, war, and other frightening events that are happening in the world. And before pride, I personally was worried about these things and personal things too. Throughout the day, after I arrived in the beautiful city of San Francisco, I felt the tenseness in my shoulders fall and a smile spread wide across my face. I danced and sang to the music and felt accepted as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but also the world. So, this positive light: weather or not you went to pride, whenever you are stressed, straight, gay, bi, black, white, whatever – remember this. Somewhere in the world, you are accepted. Even if it feels like the weight of the world lies upon the shoulders, one day, it will be better. The world keeps changing, but love will always be there. And in the world is a community that loves you.
So today, instead of calling the LGBTQ+ or pride community by that name, I’m calling it the love community. It consists of lesbian people, gay people, trans people, bisexual people, queer people, genderqueer people, ally people, black people, white people, latino people, asian people, people people, and every person who has love in their hearts and heads. Everyone who wants to see the world in a positive light for today and days to come.
So though this was maybe a bit serious and maybe a bit cheesy, I want everyone to enjoy the end of pride month to the end of this year to the end of your life and past that. Look at the world in a positive light: when you do that, the world will shine this light back on you. Dance like no one is watching and sing like no one is singing, and of course, live like everyone is loving. Thanks for reading.
Your Queer Queen ♥