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Pride is a Protest!

Best wishes to everyone on a Pride march today.  Here’s the inevitable links though!

First off, the history of pride – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_parade#History – “Early on the morning of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.[1] The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar which catered to an assortment of patrons, but which was popular with the most marginalized people in the gay community: transvestites, transgender people, effeminate young men, hustlers, and homeless youth. The Stonewall riots are generally considered to be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, as it was the first time in modern history that a significant body of LGBT people resisted arrest.”

Second, in many places around the world it is still dangerous for non heterosexual people to express themselves.  First off – the situation in Israel because its easy to forget how homophobic it can be outside of Tel Aviv.  Israeli police reject proposed gay pride parade route through Jerusalem Five countries have the death penalty for homosexual acts – Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. And the UK is still deporting LGBT asylum seekers back to these countries.

Be angry!  Be strong!  Remember you only have the freedom to march today because of the courage of generations of LGBT activists, and that same freedom can be taken away if we forget that!

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