June is the month of Pride. For all us LGBTQA’ers out there, this is the month where we get out there and show the world that we are here, we are queer, and there ain’t a damn thing they can do about it.
Unfortunately they can, they do, and they do it often.
I was going to make this long diatribe on togetherness, dealing with oppression, being true to yourself, and building community. But this isn’t new ground for any of us. We’ve been doing it for a long time now. Or at least trying to. Sometimes we get in our own way. Not all the letters of LGBTQA get along, but now, more than ever, we HAVE TO stick together because we’re on the same side. The same can be said for our allies. They are fighting for us when they could just as easily keep quiet.
But Pride isn’t all about us vs. them. It’s a time when we can really step back and look at our community and strengthen ourselves. We have rampant health issues, depression, and suicide. We have gaps in our community that people fall through. This isn’t a club with a secret handshake and membership dues. It’s a group of people who are fighting to live their lives unobstructed and build a world of inclusion.
It’s really scary right now for everybody. We’re all afraid. Queers are afraid because of the progresses of the last few years being rolled back. Women and non-white folks are afraid because racists and misogynists are coming out of the woodwork like angry little termites. Those of us that can’t afford that vacation house in South France are afraid because we make less money the harder we work. The disabled, sex workers, elderly; the list goes on and on. Yet I take one slight umbrage in the fact that the proponents of hate and ignorance are just as afraid. They are afraid because we fight back, because we no longer sit in silence and inaction. Their fear makes them dangerous, though, and we are seeing more and more backlash everyday.
We have a morally bankrupt, egotistical, racist, misogynistic toddler as a president. Our elected representatives are so self-assured of the lies and back room deals they’ve been doing for so long, they blatantly shove it in our faces now. Things are going to get worse before they get better. I hate to say it, but it’s the truth.
But we cannot back down. Let me repeat that: we cannot back down.
We need to celebrate, though. Party our asses off in celebration of all our diversity, the battles we have won, and those that paved the way for us. Let’s celebrate and enjoy life. Then let’s get down to business because there is a lot of shit still to do.
-Your Weird (Bi) Uncle Mick