It's Pride Month! Which if you're not familiar, June marks the LGBT history and celebration where thousands of cities will host parades and other events for the LGBT community; it's basically like gay Christmas. However, the LGBT has faced many obstacles within the past year since the Pulse Nightclub Attack and the Trump Administration. But as they have done in years past, the LGBT community isn't going down without a fight.
Monday, June 13 marked the one year anniversary since the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando, Fl. The day was full of ceremonies and services to honor the victims and families of the 49 killed and 50 injured in the attack. Since the attack, the LGBT has recognized and expressed their condolences at every Pride event following that day. Florida Governer, Rick Scott, declared Monday "Pulse Remembrance Day" and ordered all flags at half mast.
Sunday, protestors took to the D.C. streets as a political march rather than the typical celebration. Protestors demanded that President Trump takes more action in protecting the LGBT community. President Trump has remained silent on LGBT issues, even though his party traditionally disagrees with them. Earlier this year, President Trump rolled back on Obama-era protections for transgender youth in public schools. Now, thousands of trans-children face harassment and potential violence as they are forced to use the restrooms that do not coordinate with their gender identity. Trump has also become the first president in years to not publically dedicate June as Pride Month. Trump's silence along with Vice President Mike Pence's anti-LGBT beliefs and conversion therapy has the LGBT community going back to their Stonewall roots and are ready to protest. There is no doubt we are living in a turning point in history, not just for the LGBT community, but for all minorities.