Yesterday we spent the day at NY Pride watching the parade and basking in the joy of being with so many people who are a part of or support the LGBTQ community. The mood was up and it was truly a celebration, as well as a tribute to the lives that were brutally taken in Orlando just two weeks prior.
Today marked another historic event, with the Stonewall Inn being dedicated as a national monument of gay rights. I feel proud and blessed to be able to experience and benfit from the huge strides that have been made in gay rights, especially in the last few years. We still have a long way to go and the fight against job discrimination and the ridiculous bathroom bans need to continue to ensure our equal rights on all levels.
One thing we noticed and read some comments on Facebook about was the large number of big corporations with contingencies at the parade. Like many, I have mixed feelings about it, but overall I think it is important for these companies to show their support, especially in the face of companies like the infamous Chick-Fil-A who voice their flat out discrimination of the LGBTQ community, most notably their employees.
On another topic, I’m going to write more about my experiences with mental illness, as I’ve been so inspired by my friend Maggie Newcomb and her memoir Chocolate Pudding in Heaven. Maggie is an educator and stand up comedian and she writes a compelling and candid account of her three major episodes of bipolar disorder and her subsequent redemption of her self and her life. Truly inspiring, and despite the gravity of the topic, also a fun read! Click on the link above to buy on Amazon and check out her blog, too.