Diversity and Inclusion
LGBTQ Pride Month (June) and LGBTQ History Month (October) celebrate the LGBTQ community and their great achievements. Learning about LGBTQ Pride/History Month, makes us more likely to have an understanding and acceptance for all individuals, no matter what they look like, what gender they do or don’t identify as, and who they love.
What were the Stonewall riots? The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to constitute one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
What is happening today? Just as recently as last week LGBTQ rights took one more leap forward when on June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. Prior to the decision, Title VII prohibited discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion and sex. This means that employer may not discriminate or fire individuals based on their sexual orientation.
How can you learn more? An ongoing online exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington traces the history of gay rights and activism. “There is no one, unified gay history; what all gay people have shared across time is the struggle for the right to be themselves and the museum has been documenting these stories for decades,” said the museum’s curator, Katherine Ott. “Today, gay Americans have achieved so much, yet many people are unaware of how it happened.” https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/gay-history-beyond-stonewall
The celebration of African American experience and its heritage is vital. Though celebrations in person are not possible right now, it is important to continue to learn about our history and culture.
From the first African American Museum to the launch of an exciting new virtual experience which commemorates Juneteenth, here are our recommendations to you. All recommendations have very valuable websites.
What Can You Do To Celebrate Juneteenth?
You can take one of the five virtual tours listed below:
- Six leading Black museums and historical institutions launched a digital commemoration of Juneteenth
- National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian)
- The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
- The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
- The Charles H Wright Museum
Did you know??
The first African American Museum in the United States was founded right here in Cleveland Ohio? https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/897 provides the history of this institution and how it all started. Yet another reason to be proud of our city.
The committee will continue to celebrate Juneteenth throughout the month! Keep an eye for further announcements.
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