OneEighty, believes that all people should be treated with respect and equality. Unfortunately, despite the great stride’s society has made as a whole, this often doesn’t happen — especially for the LGBT+ community. While things have come a long way, this community still faces significant challenges. This is why the recognition of June as LGBT+ Pride Month is so important.
History of the LGBT+ Community
While there is evidence of LGBT+ communities throughout history, acceptance has been far less common. LGBT+ individuals have frequently been discriminated against, subjected to violence including death and harsh legal punishments.
LGBT+ Pride Month was first designated in part to commemorate the Stonewall Riot of 1969. This uprising against police persecution helped lay the groundwork for modern social justice movements in the United States. Advocacy groups that were first formed following World War II gained additional traction in the fight for equal treatment during this time.
While LGBT+ culture is now largely celebrated and accepted, the challenges of discrimination remains. Events like the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting illustrate that hate and intolerance still exists. LGBT+ individuals often face discrimination in employment and housing, particularly in states where the law doesn’t prohibit such discrimination. Because of this, the June commemoration continues to be an important part of the ongoing push for equal treatment.
While many challenges have been overcome, others remain as LGBT+ individuals continue to experience discrimination. At OneEighty we continue to educate and train our staff about the LGBT+ community in order to provide a safe atmosphere for all.