June is Pride Month! This is a time to celebrate the diversity of our community and reaffirm our commitment to human rights.
We celebrate pride because of the Stonewall Riots that happened at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969,* when a group of trans people and drag queens fought back against police brutality. Sounds familiar. There is no pride without protest.
Celebrating pride means acknowledging that 14 black trans and gender non-conforming people have been murdered in 2020 alone, and acknowledging that our struggle is directly related to the struggle of black and brown people who are still fighting police brutality.
Even as we celebrate great wins such as the Supreme Court decision that makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay or trans, the Nebraska Stonewall Democrats and the Nebraska Democratic Party recognize there is still work to be done to bring justice to everyone in our state and country.
As a caucus and as a party, we are grateful for our LGBTQ+ elected officials who are actively doing the work to make our lives and communities better:
- Sen. Megan Hunt (The First Openly LGBTQ+ Senator in Nebraska History!)
- Omaha Public Schools Board President Marque Snow
- Former Omaha School Board President Lacey Merica
- Lincoln Board of Education Barb Baier
- Lincoln City Councilman James Michael Bowers
- Lincoln City Councilwoman Sandra Washington
- Lincoln Airport Authority Board Member Zachary Mora James
- Lower Platte South NRD Member (District 7) Luke Peterson
- Ralston School Board of Education Jay Irwin
I don’t know about you, but that’s what I call #MakingHistoryTogether.
Electing Democrats up and down the ballot is the best way to support LGBTQ+ rights – as well as rights for women, immigrants, working people, schools, family farms, and all of the pieces of our community that make Nebraska so special.
One way to help us celebrate Pride in this time of uncertainty is to support the Nebraska Democratic Party by becoming a Blue Nebraska monthly donor to sustain our work.