Pride, Resiliency, Courage, & Hope of LGBTQ+ Youth

“We wish we could have shown so much pride when we were in grade school and in college,” cried others too numerous to count.

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By Warren Blumenfeld

This month, as we commemorate LGBTQ+ Pride, I reflect on the primary guiding force of our movement.

It was a brilliantly sunny, though rather cool, mid-June afternoon. Banners flying, music blasting, people of all walks of life assembled, reuniting, greeting, embracing, kissing, catching up on lives lived in the space between. The signal was given with a contagious cheer rising from the crowd, and for the next few hours the streets would be theirs:

Dykes on Bikes revving their engines; shirtless muscled young men dancing to a disco beat atop flatbed floats winding their way down the streets; dazzling drag queens in red and gold and silver; the Freedom Trail Marching Band trumpeting the call; a black-and-white cocker spaniel wearing a sign announcing “DON’T ASSUME I’M STRAIGHT.”

LGBTQ parents pushing strollers or walking beside youth of all ages; Gays for Patsy Klein decked out in their finest country duds, two-stepping down the boulevard; AIDS activists falling to the pavement of those same boulevards in mock death to expose…

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Equality Includes You

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