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... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Pride and Prejudice

 

June is PRIDE MONTH!!!

This annual celebration recognizes the influence of the LGBTQ community.

Brief Back Story: June 28, 1969, police raid a gay club called the Stonewall Inn in New York. They claimed the bar was operating with an improper liquor license, but in truth, the raid was about nothing more than violently harassing and arresting LGBTQ people in one of the few places where they felt safe. 

An altercation ensued between the police and a diverse crowd of lesbians, gay men and transgender women, many of whom were people of color. They threw bottles and refused to be intimidated. The following six-day period of protests and demonstrations is now known as the Stonewall Riots. A New York rally held the next year to commemorate the first anniversary of the riots started the now-regular tradition of Pride Month. A liberation movement had begun. 

We all want to be tolerated and celebrated. We all want to be loved. To deny, deliberately snub, degrade and disgrace another human being is inhumane. How do we get hooked up on things that bring no value to our lives? Wouldn’t it just be easier to live with no regrets, to live with a free and open mind, and to dare…to be kind? We were not born with prejudice. We were not born with pride. We take pride. Pride in celebrating who we were born to be and all that entails.

I love this picture and what I especially love about it is the way it came to be. Three strangers at an event drawn to one another and deciding to strike a pose. What if we suffered from closed minds and hearts and lacked the ability to be interested in our distinct differences? I wouldn’t have this memory that warms my heart on this very day. That would be sad.

Variety is the spice of life; a flavor to relish. There is tremendous richness in diversity. Try something new. Feast on it.