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We Will March On: A Pride Essay Series

We Will March On: A Pride Essay Series

At its inception, LGBT Pride Month, established in 1995, was created in remembrance of those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. It also commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of June 1969, when queer men and women fought back against police for the first time during a regular midnight raid on a gay bar. That event is widely considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement. Today, Pride Month represents the LGBTQIA community’s hard-won political and social battles, from the legacy of Harvey Milk and Ellen Degeneres’s groundbreaking televised coming out in 1997 to the 2011 downfall of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage nationwide. Our current administration wants to ignore these victories against persecution, however. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump, whose supporters often defend as the first president to enter office supporting gay marriage, refused to acknowledge…

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