June was Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The past few years have seen both gains and losses for the inclusion of these folks into our nation. The month honors the Stonewall Riots, a big event in the Gay Rights movement.
Its recognition falls along political lines. It was celebrated under Clinton, starting in June of 2000. Bush decided to not recognize it through his terms. After, Obama picked up the torch, recognizing the month during all his tenure. Sadly, halfway through June, Trump has not yet recognized the month. (Newsweek)
Interestingly, Ivanka Trump tweeted in support.
Her post read, “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” This may come after she was unable to change her father’s mind on the Paris agreement. (CNN)
The spat has not stopped federal departments from doing their own celebration. The Pentagon is hosting LGBT pride events like they did under Obama on June 12. The Navy also sent out an email for the start of Pride month. (Politico)
Naz Smyth spoke on the issue.
“Pride month is very important for American culture. We need to remind ourselves of the gains yet to be made.”
Other LGBT gains made under Obama are at risk. The Pentagon may be looking at rolling back integrating transgender troops.
Ivanka Trump has emerged as one of the few vocal LGBT supporters form Trump’ s team. Via Answers Africa
Private Industry Has Come Out to Show its Support.
Many companies have made equality part of their mission and brand.
Nike, a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, made some fly rainbow sneakers for Pride. Earlier this year, they dropped Manny Pacquiao as a sponsor for making homophobic remarks. He had famously said that “gay people are worse than animals.” (CNN)
Other shoe companies like Adidas, Gucci and Puma are getting in on the act. They’ve released several limited run rainbow-theme shoes for the month. (Brand Channel)
Tech companies have also made a show of support. Facebook is adding a rainbow emoji to its “reaction” emoji’s. Google has added rainbows to their page when you search “LGBT Pride Month.” Both companies have been active in Pride parades in years past.
“Pride is fun!” Says Naz Smyth. “..but we can’t forget the tasks that lie ahead. Cities around the country will party, but it will be for a higher purpose. Every smiling face, every connection is a success for us.”
Google and other tech companies have been very supportive of gay and lesbian employees. They make inclusion of these groups a key part of their mission and product. Via Tech Crunch.
Important Gains in Last Few Years
After increasing adoption over the past few years, gay marriage finally became recognized at the federal level in 2013. States had tried to ban marriage through law, and the supreme court found it discriminatory.
The event was an important gesture towards the gay community around the world.
Some states had already recognized civil unions and gay marriage, and it was also becoming common around the world in other countries.
Over the next few years, support for same sex marriage increased to 61%. (Gallup)
In 2016, same sex couples were given the right to adopt in all 50 states. The last holdout, Mississippi, had a law that banned this from happening. A federal judge overturned it. (HuffPo)
The lawyer for the case spoke out in a statement to the press.
“Two sets of our clients have waited many (almost nine and 16) years to become legal parents to the children they have loved and cared for since birth,” Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the case, said in a statement on Thursday. “We hope that it should finally be clear that discrimination against gay people simply because they are gay violates the Constitution in all 50 states, including Mississippi.” (Reuters)
A rainbow flag flies in front of the Supreme Court Building in D.C. The 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges made it illegal for states to make laws barring gay marriage. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, holding that the 14th applied in this case. Via HuffPo