Post submitted by Brian McBride, former HRC Digital Strategist
Today, HRC is proud to kick off National LGBTQ Pride Month, a time when we honor our history and recommit to resisting anti-equality forces working to undo our hard-earned progress.
Pride month coincides with the anniversary of the famous Stonewall Riots in New York City. On June 28, 1969, when New York City police began again harassing LGBTQ patrons of the Stonewall Inn simply for congregating, those patrons decided they’d had enough. LGBTQ activists stood up and bravely fought back. From those early demonstrations grew a modern social movement determined to rid the nation of discrimination against all LGBTQ Americans.
In 2018, LGBTQ advocates and allies continue to fight for full equality across the nation under the Trump-Pence administration’s hateful policies and rhetoric, while defending the hard-fought progress we’ve made over the years.
We aren’t just resisting at the federal level, we are fighting back against anti-LGBTQ state legislators attempting to undermine the fundamental civil rights of LGBTQ people across America. We have been going on offense with HRC Rising - our largest grassroots expansion ever -- because we simply can't afford to wait. Never underestimate the power of your voice and actions to create change.
Text UNITE to 30644 to join HRC’s Mobile Action Network. Participate with our vast legion of supporters to help mobilize your community to change hearts and minds across the country by becoming an HRC volunteer.
Though Stonewall’s legacy is cemented in history, LGBTQ progress remains under attack in the Trump-Pence era. HRC takes inspiration from the brave members of our community who stood up for themselves -- and all of us -- at Stonewall, and is committed to ensuring all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally and with dignity under the law.
Celebrating on Social Media
Use the hashtags #Pride, #Pride2018, #LoveIsLove, #LoveWins and #PrideParade in one of fifteen languages to unlock special Pride emojis on Twitter.
Make sure you rise up, speak up and show up this Pride month, and in November to make your voice is heard at the ballot box.