Letter From the Editor: Pride

Letter From the Editor: Pride

Letter From the Editor: Pride

     Last year, Pride month was struck with heartbreak. On June 12th, 2016, a disturbed man went into Pulse nightclub in Orlando and murdered forty-nine individuals, leaving fifty-three others wounded. We mourned our lost brothers and sisters, cared for the who were recovering, and experienced the fear of the kind of unknown hatred that could lead a person to commit such a horrifying crime. 

     As the year went on, we struggled to feel safe in a country that was trying to push us back into the closet. We watched as hate and ignorance took over our country, attempting to lead us backwards instead of guiding us forward. The past year has been filled with fear and uncertainty about what the coming years hold in store for our community.

     One thing I have learned though, is that we will not be silent. We will not be bullied into submission. The hate guiding our country is not ours. We do not share it and, most importantly, we will not accept it.

     Over the past year we have protested and marched and scream and made our voices heard. We have helped each other stand strong and find safety in these difficult times. As a community, as a family, we have chosen to live with LOVE. 

     My favorite thing about being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community is that it is a community grounded in love. Our biggest fights, from Stonewall to the AIDS epidemic, have been centered around our love. We are constantly working towards seeing our love accepted, reflected, and shared by the world around us. Despite what other people may see when they pass us on the streets or in restaurants or find us on their television screens, we are walking with love.

     And that is what we walk with here at NYMBM. We walk with love. We share art that expresses love in all its many forms.

Look, love is not something we wind up, something we set or control. Love is just like art: a force that comes into our lives without any rules, expectations, or limitations. Love like art, must always be free.
— Sense8

     My PRIDE rests in the love we share in our community, never more apparent than during this joyous summer month. Over the next four weeks, we invite you to share your stories of love and triumph in the LGBTQIA+ community with us. These stories can be shared through whatever medium you feel most comfortable with. Send us an essay, a poem, a video sharing your experiences. Simply post a comment on one of the other stories you'll see this month. Let us know what makes you most proud when you think about your experience with this community. Let us know what makes you LOVE.

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