June is LGBTQ Pride Month and the celebratory events begin next week in the Twin Counties.
OUTHUDSON will be kicking off its five-day Pride Festival in Hudson on June 12, which will be highlighted by its 10th annual Pride Parade down Warren Street on June 15. The month also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which many consider to be the beginning of the modern fight for LGBTQ rights.
Pride is strong in the Twin Counties, despite the questionable political climate in Washington, D.C., and the recent reversal of policy by the White House regarding the military and the LGBTQ community.
There are some, however, who do not seem to understand the importance of Pride Month and its associated festivities, including the group attempting to organize a “straight pride parade” in Boston this year.
Holding a “straight pride parade” is evidence that some people are blind to the struggles the LGBTQ community has endured throughout history.
Every time a straight man or woman walks out in public holding their girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s or wife’s/husband’s hand, puts their arm around them or gives them a kiss without fear of recrimination, harassment or violence, that’s a straight pride parade.
Every time a straight man or woman makes a purchase at a store, bakery, florist, etc., and they don’t have a thought that they may be discriminated against because of the merchant’s “religious” beliefs, that’s a straight pride parade.
Every time a straight person does their job at work and never has to worry that their coworkers or bosses show overt or not-so-overt discrimination toward them because of who they love, that’s a straight pride parade.
Every time a straight person practices their chosen religion and they are not denounced, shunned or killed by their religious community because of who they love, that’s a straight pride parade.
Every day has always been a straight pride parade.
Saturday, June 15, is the Twin Counties’ Pride Parade. It is a time to celebrate, support and recognize the LGBTQ community.