"…it is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde
We note the tragic events in Buffalo, Orange County, Uvalde, and too many more around the world, and recognize the importance of focusing on the unique life experiences of those who live and practice in the far too often precarious space where sexual and racial identity intersect. We note the ongoing struggles of the trans community, particularly those facing oppressive exclusionary laws. We note the increasing curtailment of personal reproductive health choices in the United States and the disproportionate impact it will have on women, particularly racialized and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged women. We recognize that our own communities’ history demonstrates the past erasure and continued failure to recognize and celebrate the many cultural and political contributions of vulnerable and racialized members within the 2SLGBTIQIA+ community.
Pride Month celebrates and recognizes the legacy of resistance and liberation following the 1969 “Stonewall Uprising”. That event galvanized our communities to demand our rights be respected after patrons, led by the trans community, fought back against the ongoing violent oppression and discrimination by the New York police, exemplified by the fateful raid of a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn. We also remember the activism and courage of our community here in Ontario following police raids on Toronto’s gay bathhouses in 1981. As members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ legal community, we must all strive to continue in the spirit of Stonewall, challenging and opposing injustice whenever and wherever it occurs.
This month we will continue to celebrate our achievements, strive to be and do better, and work to achieve the fullest hope and diversity the rainbow represents.
The SOGIC Executive