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LGBTQ Pride 2023

June is Pride Month!

IPCHA is proud to support and advocate for LGBTQI+ members of our communities. In this month’s issue we take a look at why Pride matters, and highlight some of the issues facing many sections of the community. 

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All you need to know about LGBT Pride

Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots. We’re getting ready to dust off our rainbow flags, douse ourselves in glitter, and go join in the fun. With parades, festivals, and concerts going on across the globe, there’s always some way for you to get involved — as well as learn some important social history along the way.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming 2023 Pride Month, including dates and a history lesson on the fight for LGBTQ rights. 

What is Pride Month?

Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York and celebrates the LGBTQ community and the fight for equal rights. 

The Stonewall Uprising began on June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The subsequent protests over the next six days are credited with a shift in LGBTQ activism in the U.S.

The following year saw some of the first Pride parades in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Despite the pivotal role transgender people and women of color played in the riots, including trans activist Marsha P. Johnson, they were largely excluded from early Pride celebrations. 

“The reality is that most of the folks on the front lines at the Stonewall uprising were trans women, trans women of color, other people of color, butch lesbians,” Cathy Renna, Communications Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, told USA TODAY last year. “And yet somehow, the power that was coming together … to put together Pride events was from cisgender, gay white men.”

Today, Pride Month symbolizes an opportunity for visibility and community. In addition to celebrating LGBTQ love and joy, it’s also often a time to highlight important policy and resource issues the community faces. 

In 2021, NYC Pride banned law enforcement presence at Pride events through 2025 because of escalating violence “against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC and trans communities.” And in 2023, LGBTQ organizations are combatting more than 650 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced this year …

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President Biden leads charge to protect LGBTQ rights 

WASHINGTON – Two decades after Republicans stoked fears of gay marriage to drive conservative voters to the polls, another fight is brewing over LGBTQ rights as President Joe Biden gears up for what is expected to be a brutal reelection campaign. 

But this time, things are different. While George W. Bush and other Republicans campaigned in 2004 against granting same-sex couples the right to marry, Biden, a Democrat, is siding with those who advocate expanding or protecting the rights of LGBTQ Americans.

For weeks, Biden has spoken out against a tsunami of anti-LGBTQ legislation flowing from GOP-led states.

“What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, ‘close to sinful,’” Biden said during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” last month.

He was referring to new state laws enacted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the GOP-led legislature that ban the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms and other proposals under consideration to roll back rights for LGBTQ Americans …

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>>> President Biden’s White House declaration on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia And Transphobia, May 17, 2023

DeSantis targets LGBTQ community Under a bill Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Wednesday, healthcare restrictions will now expand to transgender adults.

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Indiana Gov. Holcomb signs ban on gender-affirming health care 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor signed a bill banning all gender-affirming care for minors Wednesday, joining at least 12 other states that have enacted laws restricting or banning such care.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation after Republican majorities in the Legislature approved it. The law will go into effect July 1, and trans youth currently taking medication to transition would have until the end of the year to stop doing so.

Holcomb had told reporters Tuesday that the bill on his desk was vague and had not indicated he would sign it or veto it.

“Permanent gender-changing surgeries with lifelong impacts and medically prescribed preparation for such a transition should occur as an adult, not as a minor,” Holcomb said in a statement.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana called Holcomb’s decision “a devastating development for transgender youth” and said it intended to fight the law.

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Drag has gone mainstream. Here’s how it continues to change the world for the better.

Many of today’s drag queen activists, who are fighting not just for their communities, but for their country, their values, and their planet.

In August 1966, three years before the Stonewall uprising, drag queens, trans people and other outsiders fought back during a police raid at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria, an all-night diner that was one of the few places they could congregate. 

After decades of pushing boundaries, drag queens are taking center stage — not just on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but in activism and even mainstream politics. Drag queens are touring the world, signing lucrative commercial contracts, appearing in films and on TV, and even headlining shows on Broadway and London’s West End. 

But the spirit of the Compton’s Cafeteria riot still lives on in many of today’s drag queen activists, who are fighting not just for their communities, but for their country, their values, and their planet.

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