I know Pride Month is behind us, but I just saw an article on the U.S News website site about a list of 6 cities around the globe that had never had a pride parade until now (link to article).
Columbus, Indiana. Pence’s hometown.
Kfar Saba, Israel. Way to go Kfar Saba.
Auburn and Opelika, Alabama. Good news from south of the Mason Dixon line. G
Georgetown, Guyana. Only county in South America that criminalizes homosexuality.
Lugano, Switzerland. Lugano is a predominately Roman Catholic city.
Winchester, Virginia. This state is unable to pass LGBT discrimination laws.
Antarctica. Pride was being celebrated at the end of the earth (link to article)
During National LGBTQ+ month, even if Trump refuses to acknowledge it exists, it is good to reflect on the past. Here are some key dates to think about as we celebrate where the LGBTQ+ community is today.
Above is a timeline of where we were previously and where we are now – with legalized marriage for same-sex partners. It wasn’t that long ago that the Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Bill Clinton, making is so there was no federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
It took twelve years and countless deaths to pass the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law from when the Hate Crimes Prevention Act was first introduced in 1997. A year after the Hate Crimes Prevention Act was introduced by congress, Matthew Shephard was brutally beaten to death in Wyoming for being gay.
I wish I could say that this type of behavior will never happen again, but I cannot. Our history is ever changing. We continue to make progress and sometimes we falter, but as long as we always strive to make the lives of our LGBTQ+ neighbors better, we make the world a better place.
By Susan Wertheim, 6/10/2018