The Alpha Policy Forum is proud to support LGBT Pride Month. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community have not only made great contributions to society throughout history, but they have also been ardent supporters of this policy forum. As opposed to LGBT History month, which is celebrated in October, LGBT Pride month stems from the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which led to the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the US. Cities across the country use this month to host events, including picnics, festivals, and Gay Pride parades which are often held on the last Sunday of the month. However, please do not mistake this celebration as something monopolized by the US – cities around the world celebrate their citizens in a global show of unity, including Brazil which hosts one of the world’s largest parades.
Here are some links to sites that host information about this month, and the overall contributions of members of the LGBT community:
We will also take the opportunity to thank organizations in the fight for LGBT rights. These are not just gay and lesbian rights, but ultimately civil rights, and they must be preserved and protected. We can never hope to capture all of the organizations doing this important work; however, there are a few friends of the Alpha Policy Forum that we’d like to specifically recognize for their tireless efforts in this fight. So our thanks go out to:
The average person in the US knows a member of the LGBT community, even if they may not know that they know someone in this community. They are our friends, coworkers, members of our congregations, and other aspects of our lives including sports, entertainment, and so much more. Skin color is not the only badge of diversity, and communities of color need to be especially tolerant of our fellow brothers and sisters. The Federal administration is quickly and loudly stripping away the rights of EVERY minority, regardless of the factors that make them different. If we spend our time fighting among ourselves, we will have already lost the battle. LGBT rights are civil rights, and civil rights for all should mean FOR ALL, regardless of a person’s race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
We at the Alpha Policy Forum understand that there are people who may be offended that we are supporting such a worthwhile cause. To them, we’ll say this – you know you can’t “catch the gay” right? It’s not a disease or an affliction, or even cooties (which has a shot / cure). It is as much a part of a person as athleticism or intelligence. We must learn to respect people for who they are rather than what they are. If you don’t agree with who they are, please at least take the time to respect them as a fellow human being, just as they respect you. We all have differences that set us apart from others – religion, dietary choices (e.g., eating meat and especially pork), alcohol consumption (prohibited by some religions), favorite sports team, DC vs. Marvel, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, etc. But if we spend more time loving all of our neighbors as the major religions consistently preach, we will find that we get back exactly what we’ve been looking for all along – respect, honor, and dignity. And that’s something worth fighting for.