There is POWER in solidarity –
“An important element of this new power is that it is not power for the sake of personal gain, but power for the sake of all the oppressed, ignored, forgotten, and exploited members of society. The powerless are recouping power . . . the power of the gospel, which works for the betterment and liberation of all, especially those in greatest need.” cac.org
June is PRIDE 🌈 month. Part of the celebration is recognizing that equality is not freely given without bloodshed, heartache and tears even in a democratic society. Each of the oppressed, ignored, forgotten, and exploited members of society has paid the dues to rise above inherent societal intolerance, ignorance, and hatred. We agree to love ourselves as created and then expect the same love from others. Black or white, any shade in between, short or gangly, genius or challenged, flighty or pragmatic, artistic or color-blind, wealthy or poor all belong in the grand scheme as devised by the all-knowing Creator.
The LGBTQ+ community understands this, has realized enormous gains in recent years. However, that progress is not guaranteed and not free. Transparency in who we are as people, as lovers, as neighbors, as workers, and as activists ensures that our rights will not go away at the whim of a repressive political system or religion.
This is why PRIDE month is important. The parades and celebrations, fun and colorful, are merely the tip of the iceberg. The legacy we leave for future generations is dependent on the actions we take today to inform the world,
“Here I am, love me or hate me; it’s OK because I am a child of this Universe, the same Oneness that has created all of us in the image of goodness and mercy.”