Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month Is June, Moving Forward Despite Political Setbacks

Charisse Van Horn

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is in June, but one voice has been noticeably absent from the observance: President Donald Trump. For those who enjoyed greater assurances their civil rights would be protected under the Obama administration, recent reports show that many in the LGBT community are frustrated and even angry with President Trump's apparent dismissal of the progress that has been achieved.

June is also African-American Music Month. It was originally named Black Music Month under President Jimmy Carter, but President Obama had the name changed to a more politically palatable version. President Trump did issue a proclamation recognizing June as African-American Music Month, one for National Oceans Month, and another for National Homeownership Month. Still, there has been nothing issued for LGBT Pride Month. The White House has issued no public proclamation, no public address, no speech or statement. And the dismissal of LGBT Pride Month isn't limited to President Trump. Vice President Mike Pence has also been silent on the issue. Those interested in the issue may stay up-to-date with President Trump's proclamations at the official White House website and see if an official statement is released sometime during June.

Though President Trump hasn't issued a proclamation, many federal and state organizations are moving forward with their LGBT Pride Month support. Typically, the White House issues a proclamation and then federal materials are released that other agencies can use to raise awareness for LGBT causes and events. The last federal materials issued for LGBT Pride Month were under the Obama administration. Despite the apparent dismissal from the White House of LGBT Pride Month, various political leaders are showing their support through social media networks using the hashtag #Pride2017 #LGBTPride and #LGBTPrideMonth. You may see some tweets by political leaders who support LGBT rights below. Check with your local government agencies to see who supports LGBT rights and who does not.

"For months we've been regaled with breathless tales of Ivanka and Jared acting as the single best thing standing between us and Trump's full-scale, Pence-inspired discrimination doctrine. Ivanka's tweets about Pride Month will one day be referenced in yet another of these stories about her secret independence."

There is no question the LGBT community is outraged by Trump's dismissal as well as Ivanka Trump's use of LGBT Pride Month without first showing her solidarity with the movement. Great progress had been made under the Obama administration for lesbians, gays, transgender people, and bisexuals. Within Trump's first 100 days, gay rights were pushed aside and trampled on, leaving many in the LGBT community reeling by the treatment.

Those who wish to support their local gay communities in June should not look to President Trump or the White House to lead the way but will need to rely upon local government officials who stand with the LGBT community and voice their outcry vocally. They may also organize in protest and march in their communities, attend LGBT events, and support causes that directly empower the LGBT community.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo supported gay rights publicly, but also reminded the public of how the gay rights movement started with the Stonewall Riots. According to Civil Rights.org, the Stonewall Riots began on June 28, 1969, when local patrons of the Stonewall Inn were fed up with the police harassment they received due to being gay. The site reported the following and it is a reminder not only of how the gay rights movement started, but a cautionary tale of what can happen in the future if government leaders turn their back on the LGBT community.

"In the early hours of June 28, 1969, a group of gay customers at a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, who had grown angry at the harassment by police, took a stand and a riot broke out. As word spread throughout the city about the demonstration, the customers of the inn were soon joined by other gay men and women who started throwing objects at the policemen, shouting 'gay power.'

"Police reinforcements arrived and beat the crowd away, but the next night, the crowd returned, even larger than the night before, with numbers reaching over 1000. For hours, protesters rioted outside the Stonewall Inn until the police sent a riot-control squad to disperse the crowd. For days following, demonstrations of varying intensity took place throughout the city."

"Police reinforcements arrived and beat the crowd away, but the next night, the crowd returned, even larger than the night before, with numbers reaching over 1000. For hours, protesters rioted outside the Stonewall Inn until the police sent a riot-control squad to disperse the crowd. For days following, demonstrations of varying intensity took place throughout the city."

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