To start of Pride month I would like us to acknowledge the contribution of black activists to the LGBTQ+ movement.
Black LGBTQ+ people have paved the way for the entire queer community. In particular, we have to thank Marsha P. Johnson, American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen, who took part in the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
Marsha P Johnson was amongst those who protested and fought courageously for their rights to be heard. Johnson was the first one who threw the first brick. Amongst Johnson, was Stormé DeLaverie, a bi-racial butch lesbian and Civil Rights and LGBTQ+ activist, who is said to have been the first person to throw a punch at a police officer.
These acts of bravery and strength are what ignited a new age of revolution and uprising for the LGBTQ+ community and influenced the gay liberation movement.
We will never forget the influence black people have made and continue to make to the LGBTQ+ community! Never be afraid to be who you are! No matter the cost. We thank Marsha P Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie and many others for fighting for their rights. Without them, today we wouldn’t be able to celebrate at Pride or Black Pride.
This is why it’s important to never stop fighting for what you truly believe in. Change will come even if it takes some time, it will come. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊
Happy Pride Month everyone! ❤️