Participants take part in the NYC Pride March as part of WorldPride's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, on June 30, 2019.

The possibility of failure and the celebration of homosexual pride

This conflicting environment has made the epidemic a failure of arrogance – Christopher Street Liberation Day March, inaugurated in New York City to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots – just five decades after workers rallied – feels even deeper.

M Panetta, 22, (who is destitute and accepts the pronoun “they”), will mark a fateful moment this June: their first arrogance.

“Starting last summer, last year was a big arrival for me, so this summer was really going to be a time of celebration for me – during a trip to New York City (Philadelphia area) and Panito told CNN,” I’ve been doing this for the last several years. I live with my community instead of sitting in the same place as I am doing. “

Panieta continued: “Since there was a personal call for a celebration of arrogance, there was a bit of mourning. It’s hard to know that you almost had this special experience.”

Grief. It is an idea that the founder and community builder led 38, Ethan Johnstone Proud link, A nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life of LGBTQ people in the upstate area of ​​South Carolina, was also used to describe Pride’s absence this year.

“Pride gives me the opportunity to be my true self and free me from worrying about whether I will be seen in a certain way or react to comments or harassment,” Johnstone said. “The first pride I went to was in Spartanburg, after I came out as a trance. So for me it’s an event rooted in truth.”

Johnstone added, “There’s nothing like this this summer,” which makes me feel like I’m missing most of the year – getting ready for what I’m wearing and going to meet people and the excitement of missing out on everything. “

Missed political opportunities

Many times, the season can be more clearly political. Why it’s not hard to see: Although President Donald Trump tried to present himself as a defender of LGBTQ rights early in his administration – “(I) am determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.” He said in a statement in January 2017 – His administration was hardly friendly to this party.
One 2019 Pro-Republic Report The Trump administration’s track record on the LGBTQ issue “has seen millions of changes that represent a profound reconstruction of the way the federal government treats more than 11 million gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.” These changes include the reversal, exclusion, removal and revocation of LGBTQ protections, from employment and healthcare to criminal justice and public life.
“Pride is a key part of our political propaganda,” said Kit Malone, 45, an advocate and educator. ACLU of Indiana, Says. “Wherever we connect with other organizations, it’s where we connect with individual LGBTQ people who want to know more about their rights.”
In places like Mike Pence CountryWhile conservatism often looks different than more progressive enclaves, such as the beehive with conservatism, the significance of Pride can increase dramatically. Especially for those in small towns, the watchword of so many civil rights movements can be enlivened in a safe way in a single month: Look.
“We track about 20 rural arrogance events in India. They go from a small patrol to a shelter in a park. Spencer Pride Festival, Which was published in the national news and attracted thousands of attendees across the region, “Malone said (because of the Covid-19, the festival has been postponed). These gatherings help us identify drowning people who may be underprivileged, who may not have places to celebrate safely. ”
“When I think about getting rid of arrogance,” says Malone, “these are the people who think of me – people who don’t live near a big city, who don’t have access.” Gay times, Who may suffer a greater degree of isolation.
Away from The environment is welcome, The simple presence of arrogance can have political balance. Un1-year-old Todd Leslie reflected on the 1970s, when he went to Florida with university-age LGBTQ people, where he lived, and marched outside.
“I know it sounds silly today, but these kids, like I told them, had to muster enough courage to do it,” Leslie said. “One year, I took a group to a procession in Jacksonville, which was very conservative. We were in a park, and a lot of people were protesting. The kids were nervous and uncomfortable – and they stayed there. Dikes on the bike Showed. “(He said the last part with a warm goat.)

As Leslie sees, anything that can be taken away from you is political: “The key to pride is not to accept things that are strictly sanctioned.”

Pride, re-imagining

Outdoor activities have been called off. This does not mean, however, that the spirit of pride is completely shattered. As epidemics have become so common, Some festivals have been moved online – In an incomplete standing, but one that speaks to the resilience of LGBTQ.
In May, for example, New York City Pride announced that there would be one A three-day virtual drag show From June 19 to June 21, more than 100 actors, including alumni of “Rupler’s Dragon Race”, attended. Also, “Sheets Creek” actor and co-producer Dan Levy will be one of the four Grand Marshals and singer Janelle Mone and “Pose” actor Billy Porter will be one of the actors. Special June 28 broadcast.

Significantly, the epidemic has forced another conversation about how observation of pride can improve.

Fifty years later, the show has become “impossible to predict from among the most infamous aspects of consumption and capitalism,” the author and professor at Northwestern University. Steven Thrasher tweeted in April, Personally following the Nixit Declaration of the Celebration of Pride.

“We need something new to address the labor, environmental, anti-apartheid and economic challenges facing LGBTQ people,” Thrasher said.

Over the decades, criticism of arrogance – how it simply tends to improve the narrow range of LGBTQ experiences, how it is over-served with the police – has inspired alternative celebrations.

After years of flag hoisting, DC Dyke MarchWhich was first held in 1993 to promote activism among women activists and to attribute its unique strengths. Ali As a political symbol, came back last June. It has nothing to do with arrogance. Ignoring the mainstream LGBTQ movement, the goal of “focusing on trans folk, queer, lesbian and other dyke identities” has been highlighted as this year’s online conference, Dyx Digital’s Facebook page.
“When I think of pride, I think of multiple arrogance,” said Preston Michum, 34, director of policy for Washington-based nonprofits. URGE: It is focused on reproduction and gender equityTold CNN. “We have black pride. Pr we have trans pride. Youth is our youth pride. It breaks my heart not to see the joy, the clothes, the friends. But since we can’t do this this summer, I hope people will understand that corporations are great to be proud of.” Does not communicate communities “”
Indeed, it seems to be this communal consciousness Some organizers are tapping as they re-claim the proud workers ’roots To support the protest of the current Black Live issues against police brutality.

Michum added: “Nothing good will come out of a deadly epidemic that was preventable. At the same time, people have the opportunity to rethink their community – and what they need for themselves. They have the opportunity to dream differently.”

One way to think about epidemics is to steal. In just a few months, it has snatched so many people: career, life, Small but great joy. All in all a dark intimacy, especially for someone. To intensify in America is to be exposed to a harmful kind of loss due to many years of state-sanctioned orthodoxy and negligence.

Yet to be significant is to be aware of what can happen after that loss: kinship and connection that can surpass almost anything.

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