“Power and Pride” Celebration
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June was the beginning of Pride Month, and while it is usually a cause for celebration, things have been quite a bit different this year. People around the world have taken to the streets to protest for racial equality and to champion the BLM movement.
Due to recent events and protests, the Florence/Shoals LGBTQ+ community didn’t have a chance to have a formal PRIDE celebration.
While it’s hard to feel a sense of joy and community while so many are in pain, it’s important to remember and acknowledge that the gay rights movement also began with protests – led by Black members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The modern gay rights movement began because of the activism of black members of the community. Through riots, marches, protests and raising their voices, they raised awareness and brought about change. Now that an entire nation has been galvanized to protest and demand rights for Black Americans, we wanted to look back at the history of the gay rights movement – how black activists helped to pave the way, and how their actions are connected to the protests of today!
Join us on August 30th at the Florence Post Office at 1 pm to celebrate “Power and Pride”! ✊🏾