June is a magical month. Summer emerges in full force, sweeping away the last dreary remnants of winter, sun dresses and swimsuits and sandals are freed from the confines of storage bins, and on the 22nd, our Empress and Supreme Leader, Meryl Streep, celebrates her birthday. But best of all, June is Pride Month — so to celebrate the occasion, here are 20 quotes about love to share during Pride Month to spread it far and wide.
Pride Month takes place in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations by the gay community to protest police raids on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. The riots were spontaneous, an explosion of all the hurt, anger, and frustration that had been building within the heavily persecuted gay community. The power and violence of the demonstrations, and the police response to them, sparked the formation of many gay rights groups, and marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.
While the LGBT Movement has made huge leaps forward since Stonewall, there is still progress to be made, and the current administration represents a serious threat to that progress.
As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence, a man who seems to have emerged from a wormhole to the 1950s and does NOT like what he sees here, signed a bill into law which made it possible for businesses in the state to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who must have ridden in through the wormhole on Pence’s shoulder, has a long history of opposing gay rights.
If the current political climate makes you feel scared, threatened, and overwhelmed, you're not alone. But remember, we are stronger than those who oppress us, because love will always conquer hate. Because when there are people who want to persecute you for what's in your heart, loving becomes an act of rebellion.
So be fierce about your love, not just this month, but every month. Fight for it. Let it burn bright and spread like wildfire, stoke its flames, and when you feel cold and alone, warm yourself by its heat. Love in the name of those who fought for your rights, who demonstrated at Stonewall, who brought LGBT rights to the Supreme Court and won. Love for those who were forced to suppress their love, for those who suffered and died for it. Love for them, love for yourself, love for your family and friends. Love, because love will always prevail.