#WeAreOrlandoEditorial, Top Highlights Thursday, July 7th, 2016
As we celebrate Pride in America’s Finest City, we are Orlando. The tragic events at the Pulse Nightclub touched so many in the LGBT and Latino communities, yet we must remember that #WeAreSandyHook, #WeAreSanBernadino, #We AreParis, and #WeAreInstanbul, just to name a few.
While the event in Orlando awakened our community to the gun control debate, I will be honest, why did it take historic gun violence in our own community to make us take action? Why did the community not rise up when our transgender members are killed with guns on an annual basis for living their lives authentically?
I think a quote from Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller from World War II says it better than I ever could:
First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.
Niemöller understood the interconnectedness of those under Nazi rule and the need to band together. Today, the LGBT community needs to learn his prophetic lesson.
When African Americans are inappropriately stopped by the police, the LGBT community should care. When a woman’s right to equal pay for equal work is delayed, the LGBT community should care. When the working poor ask for a minimum wage increase, the LGBT community should care.
When it came time to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, when the Supreme Court supported marriage equality or most recently when the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military was lifted, members of all of these other communities stood with us and we must remember to stand with them. If we don’t, all of the progressive progress is at risk.
This Pride, as we pay our respects to the victims, family and friends directly affected by the Orlando tragedy let us remember that we as the LGBT community must protect the voices of the progressive social agenda because it is that agenda that allows you to hold the hand of your partner at San Diego Pride.
This year bask in the diversity of our community and meet someone from a part of the community with whom you do not normally socialize. I guarantee it will make this year’s Pride special.
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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