Photo borrowed from GLAAD‘s Facebook page.
Today is the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969 New York gay bar patrons, fed up with police harassment after a raid on the Stonewall Inn, took to the streets. June is designated Gay Pride Month to honor those accidental pioneers who launched the gay rights movement into the public eye, and around the world GLBTQ people and their friends, family, and allies take to the streets to celebrate. 43 years later, much has changed – in America and the world – but there are still obstacles and opposition to be overcome.
12 Questions isn’t a political entity. We’re pretty indiscriminate about who we post, so long as we think they’re interesting people doing cool stuff. We’ve featured Christian rockers and Muslim punks, an atheist activist and a Mormon public intellectual, cowboy poets and queer cabaret singers. But our commitment to diversity comes with a commitment for the rights of all people, and we take the fight for gay rights very personally – because for us and many people we love, this fight is personal. We’re proud to have featured some amazing artists, thinkers, performers, and writers who are gay, lesbian, trans*, queer, or bisexual, and many more allies and friends.
Rather than making some sort of sweeping political statement, though, we want to ask you all to take a moment to reflect on the GLBTQ people who have made an impact on your life. Use the comments to share your stories, or tell us which artist we’ve featured is your personal favorite. Then go celebrate Gay Pride Month by being supportive of those around you, whether or not they’re gay. We’re all in this together, and when it comes down to brass tacks, it’s all about love and kindness (or truth, depending on how you’d answer Question 9, but that’s another post entirely).