It’s Pride Month. A time to celebrate all things queer and trans, remember those who lost their lives in the struggle for human rights, and explain—again—to straight people why there’s no Straight Pride Month. This false equivalency boils down to the common misconception that LGBTQ people like myself are celebrating something we didn’t achieve through hard work, like being born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity. What people fail to realize is we’re celebrating something we achieved: all the accomplishments the LGBTQ rights movement has made so far, and that we choose to love ourselves in the face of bigotry.
It’s not as though there is any shortage of current anti-LGBTQ bigotry. President Trump signed a religious freedom executive order last month that would, according to him, “help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.” Not only does it hurt church/state separation, but usually “right to exercise deeply/sincerely held religious beliefs” is code for “make it legal to deny services to LGBTQ people.” Case in point, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed such a bill into law that would permit faith-based adoption agencies to turn down same-sex couples seeking to adopt children, even though there’s no evidence that same-sex couples can’t be good parents.
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