2020: No Pride Month This Year
This was supposed to be LGBTQ+ Pride month and it was almost completely ignored. And for good and obvious reasons…like Covid. But the problem is that other groups decided to hijack June with their own agenda and once again we all wound up getting kicked in the proverbial asses. It’s as if we don’t count as a marginalized group unless they give us permission to count. Many of us are still living in shame and still can’t even come out.
Please don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t sympathize with other marginalized groups. I do and I support them completely. But don’t take over the month of June and rip it away from LGBTQ+ people. We deserve that month all to ourselves. And we deserve to celebrate without anyone’s interference.
With that said, I really can’t blame other groups totally. Covid was the main reason Pride was canceled this year, and that started way back in March. It was a valid reason and the responsible thing to do. So, we did do the right thing.
These dueling atmospheres make the fact that the pandemic has largely thwarted Pride Month — exactly five decades after activists assembled New York City’s inaugural Christopher Street Liberation Day March, held to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots — feel all the more profound.
Gay Bar Lays Off Staff on Facebook
Here’s a story about a gay business that did something unusual and unexpected.
Lush, a Minneapolis gay bar, celebrated pride weekend by firing its entire staff in a Facebook announcement.
Of course people were livid about the way this was done, and there are many more details.
You can read more, here.