A Good Kind Of PrideObelisk Home
The LGBT community celebrates “Pride Month” every June, to commemorate the beginning of the 48 year-old Gay Rights Movement.
Obelisk Home invites all people–tall, short, young, old, gay and straight– to participate in this this life-affirming homage to humankind. This June learn more about a social movement that continues to fight discrimination at home and abroad.
As we pay honor to those taken too often and too soon from illness, hopelessness and hate, let us feel united by “the good kind of pride,” the feeling of power born from achievement and respect, and not hurtful pride that is driven by ego and anger. Avoid the negative kind of pride born of fear, stubbornness and resistance to change and join those promoting tolerance and diversity.
As we pay tribute to the recognized LGBT activists– such as Harvey Milk, Larry Kramer, Marsha P. Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor– let’s include those rarely seen or heard, the unrecognized heroes that lived during a less tolerant, more fearful time and place–unable to express anything remotely close to “gay pride.”
Recognize the impact the LGBT community has had on all social freedoms as we celebrate the collective strengths, talents, goodwill and bravery that helped make the LGBT community freer, safer, happier and healthier. Know that as these selfless defenders were fighting for LGBT rights, they were also fortifying the civil rights of all.
June isn’t just “Gay Pride Month,” it is “Human Pride Month.” It is the month to demonstrate the positive, powerful form of pride that motivates people to come forward, step up and reach out.
Photos by Colby Kern