LGBTQ Pride/History Month 2014: Reflections and Work Yet to Be Done

30 Jun

pride_monthAs we celebrate the last day of LGBT History Month, I am reflecting on the amazing civil rights work being done by Binyavanga Wainaina.  Let us all hope that every country in Africa will celebrate and embrace the LGBTQ community.

I am also hopeful that the transgender community will be celebrated and embraced with the visibility and leadership of people like Laverne Cox and Janet Mock.

I think it is also important to look back and be able to honor those that came before us — to pay tribute to those who assumed level of risk, so that future generations might have an easier life just for being who we are.  Thank you, José Julio Sarria.  Thank you, Harry Hay.

While many states can now enjoy and celebrate marriage equality, this does not mean that LGBTQ people are no longer targeted or marginalized. Of course, we must not forget that the disproportionality of targeting/marginalization is greater for people of color who are also LGBTQ.

Of course, this is also the time when I get to highlight some of my favorite LGBTQ stories over the years.

Yes, our Dumbledore is on the list of favorites, as is Professor Sprout (Miriam Margolyes).  Of course, I have to include Bayard Rustin as one of my favorite heroes.

As with Black History Month and Women’s History Month, I wish we did not need LGBTQ History Month, but the fact is we do! We must not fall into the delusion that people in the United States and all over the world are treated equally by virtue of being human.  In most states in the south it is not safe to be part of the LGBTQ community.  In Uganda it is legal to kill gay people – a proposal seen just recently here in the United States.

I bring up Black History Month and Women’s History month because of all the people who have multiple identities and experience oppression on multiple levels. Marriage Equality is just a small portion of what needs to be addressed regarding civil rights.  Violence against the LGBTQ community has increased by 13% over the past year, with people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming folk being especially targeted.

A Call To Action: I ask that all of our allies/supporters to raise your voices — stand in solidarity with those of us in the LGBTQ community. Together we have the power to eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny, and poverty.

16 Responses to “LGBTQ Pride/History Month 2014: Reflections and Work Yet to Be Done”

  1. Dr. Rex June 30, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    Great post. Reblog ….. true to all the people mentioned, those who came before us. Much work still to be done!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      Thank you, Dr. Rex. Thank you for reblogging this and for all of your efforts towards social justice. Peace, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex June 30, 2014 at 7:03 am #

        You are welcome. Michael …. that’s the one common goal .. social justice!!

        Peace …. 😎

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2014 at 7:06 am #

        Absolutely! Let us hope we can get more folks to join us and stand in solidarity with people that are targeted.

      • Dr. Rex June 30, 2014 at 7:08 am #

        You can count on me!

  2. Dr. Rex June 30, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Celebrate the last day of LGBT History Month” …. still much more to get done!!

  3. Christine Noble June 30, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I love how you always make a point to speak up for those that are marginalized within our community, Michael. 😀

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      Thank you, Christine. I feel the same way about all of the work you do around issues of social justice. Peace, Michael.

  4. Kathleen Saadat June 30, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Thank you Michael I wish more people would raise this call to arms. It is so necessary that we developed a broader vision of the idea of justice thank you for being a drum major in that effort

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Kathleen, you consistently honor and humble me both. Thank you for inspiring me and so many people to taking action! Love and Peace, Michael.

  5. Dr. Rex June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    On another note … It Is What It Is” … paying it forward!! Hope you accept!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Dr. Rex, thank you for the great honor. I am just very fortunate to be in the company of people such as yourself. Thank you from my heart, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex June 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

        You are very welcome! Michael … the honor is also mine. Hugs …

  6. Diane June 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    I find myself living in my head in a just world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, then I wake up to this world and feel so overwhelmed at how much there is to do. Your blog really does go a long way to educating me, and reminding me that progress takes time, but that we do indeed progress if we do not give up.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Diane, thank you for your kind words and your dedication to social justice. I’m grateful for the community we are building. Peace, Michael.

  7. The Butch Goddess July 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Please tell me that the Bigot of the week gets a special certificate or plaque made and sent to them with their newly achieved title? I would donate to make that happen.

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