Thursday, June 21, 2012

Remembering Our History

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! 

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