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LGBTQ Pride Month Under Attack In USA

By Charlotte Robinson, June 08, 2023

Celebrating Pride this June is beyond parades with 525 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 41 state legislatures so far this year & over 76 bills already signed into law across America. In recent weeks anti-LGBTQ media outlets have incited boycotts against Target, Bud Light, The North Face, Kohl’s, Disney & other brands who show public support for our LGBTQ community. Then we’re confronted with far-right anti-LGBTQ agitators showing up in increasing numbers at school board meetings nationwide attempting to ban books that simply state different types of families exist & Pride flag burnings have been reported near school property in California & other states as well. This week for the first time in their 40-year history the Human Rights Campaign has officially declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ people in the United States. Kelley Robinson, HRC President stated, “LGBTQ+ Americans are living in a state of emergency. The multiplying threats facing millions in our community are not just perceived — they are real, tangible & dangerous. In many cases they are resulting in violence against LGBTQ+ people, forcing families to uproot their lives & flee their homes in search of safer states & triggering a tidal wave of increased homophobia & transphobia that puts the safety of each and every one of us at risk. As we kick off LGBTQ+ Pride Month, HRC will be working tirelessly to educate and arm the LGBTQ+ community with information & resources to ensure their safety — whether they’re planning summer travel through regions that are becoming increasingly hostile to LGBTQ+ people, or whether they already live in a state where legislative assaults & political extremism are continuing to put a target on our backs.” 

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