The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Each June, we honor the movement for LGBT equality and inclusion, celebrate recent victories against discrimination and recommit to making progress surrounding LGBT issues in the future.
Pride Month happens every year in June, commemorating the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969, the modern LGBT rights movement was born at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, fought back against what had become regular and tolerated harassment by the New York City police department. The Stonewall Inn, and the uprising there, became an iconic flashpoint that helped sparked the long battle towards equality for the LGBT community.
One of the cornerstones of Jewish tradition is the belief that all human beings are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image (Genesis 1:27). While we take steps throughout the year to advocate for equality and inclusion of LGBT people in our communities, it is important that we take time during June to join the LGBT community in celebrating Pride month, and commit ourselves to be even more inclusive and embracing in the year ahead.
Here are three things that you can do during the month of June to honor and celebrate LGBT rights:
The Equality Act (H.R. 3185/S. 1858) would explicitly protect against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit and jury selection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. By amending and strengthening existing civil rights laws, LGBT people will be granted the same protections that are already provided to other groups of people (such as race and gender), and would ensure that receiving these protections is not dependent on where one lives. In honor of Pride Month, take action and urge your Members of Congress to protect LGBT people from discrimination.