Why is it important to recognise
LGBT+ Pride month?
I always like to call us a community, and when I speak of the community, I get really passionate about it all. We’ve come a long way to be where we are now, but we still have so much to learn and to do.
Unfortunately you can’t change everyone’s view, but if I could change one person’s opinion around by talking openly about my own struggles as a lesbian, then surely that’s a good thing?
The first ‘LGBT’ female I saw on TV was Ellen DeGeneres, the ‘Coming Out’ Episode of her sitcom Ellen always sticks in my mind. When Ellen came out as gay on the show's April 30, 1997 episode, it sent shockwaves through the television industry. Up to that point, only a handful of gay characters had been seen on television. In addition to her character coming out in the episode, Ellen also publicly shared that she was gay.
To say that it nearly wrecked her career was an understatement.
One of the episodes switched the world around, where it was ‘normal’ to be LGBT but against the law to be ‘straight.’ I guess this episode stayed with me, as I often refer to it when I am trying to explain the differences and the micro aggressions we get:
‘I didn’t think you lot wore pink’
‘So, who’s the man in the relationship’
‘do you both do the housework?’
‘I guess in your world, you must know a lot of gay people’
Just those four lines… that’s why we need LGBT+ Pride Month, to raise awareness, to improve understanding, and to stop the misunderstanding. It’s not OK to be spat at, sworn at or screamed at just for holding your partner’s hand.