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Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month

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Pride Month is a yearly commemoration held during the entire month of June to remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York, that served to launch the LGBTQ rights movement in America. It’s a chance for us to honor diversity while supporting our LGBTQ friends and family.

Here are some links to more information on the riots that started the movement, along with links to articles about Pride, diversity, and ways you can celebrate and support the LGBTQ community.

“At the end of the day, I’d rather be excluded for who I include than be included for who I exclude.”—Eston Williams, Reverend

Ways to celebrate:

Some Movies you might be interested in:

       ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ (1999): This film helped introduce ideas of queerness and female masculinity to mainstream audiences, offering a frank portrayal of trans identity unabashed in its honesty and sensuality.

       ‘Milk’ (2008): Gus Van Sant’s biopic about America’s first openly-gay elected official. Milk’s mission is a larger statement about a nation’s capacity for change.

        Weekend’ (2011): The main characters meet at a club. The film’s strength is in its keenly-observed details, painting a naturalistic portrait of what it’s like to fall in love today—gay or not. That authenticity is what makes watching Weekend feel so intensely relatable.

        ‘Pride’ (2014): Pride uses its sunnier aspects— jokes, lesbian-intrigued grandmothers—to counteract the harsher notes of AIDS, prejudice, and assault that punctuate this true story about the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners organization in 1984 Britain. The subject of gay rights against the miners’ marginalization in today’s persistent landscape of infringed rights and alienated communities feels timely.

‘Moonlight’ (2016): Moonlight doesn’t fit simple classification, resisting easy labels that would call it a film simply about being black, poor, or gay. This movie explores identity, a beautiful masterwork that operates as a biography as well as a social statement about the America we live in. Through Chiron and three distinct acts in his upbringing, director Barry Jenkins suggests that certain facts of life—drug use, prison sentences—don’t necessarily make up our life. Instead, it’s the choices we make alone at night in the moonlight that decide who we’re meant to be.