Connect with us

LGBT

Viewpoint: Pride Month Is Important, but Advocacy Is a Year Round Job

Pride is a year round celebration.

Published

on

The month of June has also meant that cities all across the U.S. host pride parades, companies change their marketing schemes to rainbows, and people add rainbow filters on their Facebook profiles. But like the temporary Facebook filters, this level of public involvement is not seen year round.

While parades, festivals, and events of celebration throughout Pride Month are important and a fantastic show of support, we need this level of support year round.

This level of pride has dramatically increased since the vote for marriage equality on June 26, 2015 with the landmark Supreme Court Case Obergefell v Hodges. But this wasn’t the end of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. In fact, it was only the beginning.

While marriage equality brought a milestone, most states still lack equal protections for those of the LGTQ+ community. Only 21 states and Washington D.C. include the LGBTQ+ community in employment non-discrimination laws, 28 states have no protection for employment discrimination for LGBTQ+ individuals, and three states have measures to prevent passing non-discrimination laws. In many states conversion therapy is still legal, it was only banned starting in 2012 when California became the first state to ban it. Only 11 states have banned conversion therapy, while many more are attempting to pass laws against it.

For trans* rights, the fight is even more difficult: only 14 states allow trans* individuals to change the gender marker on their license and birth certificate. Fewer states offer gender identities outside the male and female binary.

California became the first state to recognize a third gender in late 2017. Comparatively, the United States has very progressive laws. On a global level many countries it is still illegal to be openly LGBTQ+.

So when Pride Month ends, don’t forget to be an ally the other 11 months out of the year. Prove you can be a good ally and ask your friends in the LGBTQ+ community what they need from you as a friend. Beyond that watch the news: know what is going on and what you can do to help push movements forward.

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Nicole Masaki is a 2018 graduate ofCanisius College in Buffalo, New York. She is a triple major in English, Environmental Studies, and Philosophy. She will be a first year grad student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Fransisco for their MA in Anthropology and Social Change program.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Academics5 days ago

Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill Faces More Trouble Over U.N. Speech

The Temple University professor is under fire from Temple for a U.N. speech critical of Israel.

by , The Catholic American University
National News3 weeks ago

Michigan State University Ex-President Charged in Larry Nassar Case

The investigation continues.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Food3 weeks ago

CDC Warns Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid Another E. coli Outbreak

If you were planning on having a side salad this Thanksgiving, think again.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Academics3 weeks ago

Michael Bloomberg Donates $1.8 Billion to Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg's gift is one of the largest ever donations to higher education, but it hasn't garnered the praise that the...

by , University of Pittsburgh
Education3 weeks ago

Betsy DeVos Reinterprets Title IX: Victims Must Bear the Burden of Proof

Opponents of the policy say that it would favor the accused over the accuser.

by , University of Pittsburgh
In the Hot Seat3 weeks ago

This Heartwarming Story Turned out to be too Good to be True

Couple who decided they wanted to do the right thing by raising money for a homeless man turned out to...

by , Mercy College
National News3 weeks ago

Trump Administration to Restore Acosta’s Press Pass

CNN file a lawsuit against President Trump

by , Mercy College
History3 weeks ago

Judge Rules CNN’s Jim Acosta Must be Granted Previous Press Credentials

A win for journalistic freedom...as the saga continues.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent

Top Reads