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5 Reasons to Make June 26th Equality Day
On June 26th, the LGBT community marked the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality for same sex couples. In many cities, the June 26th equality day celebration coincided with annual Pride festivals and parades that brought the LGBT community together. Although progress was celebrated, the ongoing struggles and battles still ahead of us were also considered. In New York City, President Obama kicked off Pride weekend by making history. He declared The Stonewall National Monument the first site to highlight the history of the country’s LGBT community.
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The call for a national holiday recognizing the LGBT community has grown louder than ever before. We think the movement can succeed in declaring June 26th Equality Day.
Here are five strong reasons to get behind a June 26th Equality Day:
1 It’s Not Just About Marriage Equality
June 26th marks the day the Supreme Court recognized the fundamental right of gay and lesbian couples to marry, but it’s much more than that. It was also the day the court legalized same-sex relationships in every state with the Lawrence vs Texas ruling and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for full equality. Officially recognizing June 26th Equality Day would serve as a potent reminder of these victories.
2 Recognizing the Price of LGBT Progress
The recent tragedy in Orlando has reverberated through the LGBT community, especially since the attack occurred during Pride month. A national holiday recognizing the slow progress toward true LGBT equality would also serve as a powerful reminder that, despite recent progress, there is still work to be done in eradicating hatred and that no significant gains have been made without the sacrifices of those who are no longer with us. The LGBT community has endured bigotry, hatred, and violence. We have an opportunity to pay tribute to the lives that we’ve lost in this fight.
3 A Visible Reminder of the LGBT Community
Adding an LGBT-focused national holiday would also serve to remind the public of the presence and perseverance of the LGBT community. Much like Martin Luther King day, a June 26th Equality Day would be a holiday that recognizes the continuing struggle for civil rights in the United States. Declaring a national LGBT holiday would send a message to the bigots that the LGBT community is a valued and important segment of the country’s population, and one that will never be silenced.
4 An Opportunity to Give Back
Within the community, a June 26th Equality Day would provide an amazing opportunity to connect with other LGBT people and have a positive impact. Community organizations and groups honor Martin Luther King through service. The LGBT community can also honor the sacrifices of civil rights pioneers by actively giving back to LGBT groups and communities. By volunteering our time to support underserved groups like LGBT youth, a June 26th Equality Day can strengthen the LGBT community as a whole.
5 We Have Momentum on Our Side
The most defiant corners of the LGBT community responded to the Orlando attacks with solidarity. To borrow from a powerful essay on using the attacks as a catalyst for change, “We bend the arc of history. We fight on all fronts. We prevail.” Elected officials, including Nancy Pelosi and Tammy Baldwin, have begun calling for the establishment of a June 26th Equality Day, with more voices joining the call for a day that recognizes the ongoing fight for equality.
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The cries for a June 26th Equality Day are becoming louder both within the LGBT community and beyond. It now seems to be a question of “when” rather than “if” the day will be officially recognized. Show your support. Contact your elected officials and pressure them to recognize LGBTQ victories and struggles. It may be difficult to gain enough traction, but the LGBT community has won tougher battles before. Here’s to a June 26th Equality Day!