My own personal theme for this pride month is to remember those who came before us. After reading the stories of the many of the pioneers of transgender and gay movements, I am heartened by their steadfastness, courage, and determination. Three people who really inspire me are Miss Major, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera.
I am presently making up a portfolio of their lives because I hope to share it with members of my church.
I recently read about Dewey Lunch Counter Sit In of 1965. African American transgender people spoke out and prevailed a full four years before the Stonewall event in New York and a year before the Compton Cafeteria Riot in San Francisco. To say that we have no history is tantamount to saying that we never existed. This I will NOT take lying down.
As we celebrate our pride, take time to think of those who stood up in the face of hate, violence, and suffering and said Enough!