Posted in personal
June 29, 2016

Every time. Why there’s no need for heterosexual pride or white pride

On the internet, trending today, I saw something about white history month and “Heterosexual Pride Day”.

Any time there’s a marginalized group celebrating themselves, out come white or straight people to wonder where the day is that they get to celebrate themselves.

I’m going to be blunt. That’s every day. You can turn on a TV or go to a movie and see any type of story being told about you. You can buy books that tell your story or tell the story of people just like you. In fact, in school, history books are biased towards telling your story and minimizing what white people have done to African Americans and Native Americans in this country.

A few times a year, marginalized groups get the opportunity to point out the unsung heroes of American history you haven’t heard of. Minority scientists who made important discoveries. Because they’re left out of your history books and TV shows.

The idea of LGBT pride started with trying to step out from the shadows, to make people realize that there is no shame in being LGBT.

Pride Month is timed with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Which happened because raids went on in gay bars, targeting transgender people especially.

So no, you don’t need a month to celebrate your history. Or celebrate your sexual orientation.

If you can’t handle another group of people getting a tiny bit of a spotlight, the problem isn’t with them – it’s with you.

(I should have made a picture for this post, but to be honest… I didn’t want to lose the momentum I have and have this end up in my drafts folder. Like a lot of posts)