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3 Things To Remember in LGBTQ Activism



            As we use the word, "Celebrate," when it comes to Pride Month, we need to remember that Pride was born out of activism. We are where we are at today because we stand on the shoulders of Giants, like Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Larry Kramer and more.LGBTQ activism is an ongoing journey that requires dedication, awareness, and empathy. To ensure that my efforts are impactful and respectful, here are three things I never forget in LGBTQ activism.


1. Understanding Intersectionality

As a "Bear of a Certain Age," I understand the sub groupls in our community. I am an older, white, chubby, gay man, which has it's advantages and disadvantages. Intersectionality is the concept that various forms of social identities and inequalities are interconnected. In LGBTQ activism, it's crucial to recognize that individuals within the community may face multiple layers of discrimination, including race, gender, disability, and socioeconomic status. I never forget to consider intersectionality in my activism, ensuring that my efforts are inclusive and address the diverse needs of the community.


2. Amplifying Marginalized Voices

It's essential to amplify the voices of those who are often marginalized within the LGBTQ community, such as transgender people, people of color, and those with disabilities. I make a conscious effort to support and elevate these voices by sharing their stories, attending their events, and advocating for their rights. Ensuring that these perspectives are heard helps create a more inclusive and equitable movement. Currently we have to include our beloved Drag Queens as well. Can you imagine the vitriol these brave Queen's are getting just for reading stories to kids?


3. Continual Learning and Education

The landscape of LGBTQ issues is constantly evolving. To be an effective activist, I never stop learning about the latest challenges, developments, and best practices in the field. This includes reading books, attending workshops, and engaging with educational content from reputable sources. Staying informed allows me to advocate more effectively and sensitively.

I have talked about the importance of our LGBTQ Centers in previous posts, and this is one of the reasons I am raising money for two of them on my "Big Gay Roadtrip 3." Support these centers and learn what is needed, and how you can be active in our lgbtq community, that's where activism starts.


Conclusion

LGBTQ activism is a vital and ongoing commitment. By understanding intersectionality, amplifying marginalized voices, and continually educating myself, I ensure that my activism is informed, inclusive, and impactful. These principles help me contribute to a more just and equitable society for all members of the LGBTQ community.

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