Fifty years ago today, a group of New Yorkers stood up and fought back against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Stonewall uprising was a turning point towards equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
In the ‘90s, we witnessed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Romer v. Evans, which struck down Colorado’s Amendment 2 and its denial of protections for gays and lesbians against discrimination. The early 2000s brought the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and, most recently, the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges established the right for same-sex couples to marry.
Thanks to these challengers creating change, much has been accomplished for the equity and equality of LGBTQ+ people.
Yet, the daily reality for many Americans remains anything but equal.
In 26 states, employers can still terminate employees simply because of their gender identity. Racial disparities in the criminal justice system still result in black and brown people receiving longer sentences than their white neighbors. And women on average still earn less than their male colleagues.
Clearly, there is more work to do.
As Pride Month comes to a close, we ask you to reflect on the hard-won rights we’ve achieved together.
Rights won through peaceful protests. And relentless rallies. And contentious courtroom clashes. Rights that protect not just the LGBTQ+ community, but you, your family, your neighbors, and your colleagues.
With so much more to do, what will you do today to move our world forward?