Making The World More Accepting This Pride Month
Since the early 1970s, the month of June has become one of great significance for the LGBTQ+ community. Each year, we recognise June as Pride Month. A month where people commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and honour the continuous fight that the LGBTQ+ community has to put up for the numerous atrocities against them.
For the duration of Pride Month, people flock to the streets in large numbers, carry out parades, raise their voices and hoist rainbow flags, which is now a universal symbol of representation for the LGBTQ+ community. And beyond this representation, every colour of the flag has a significant meaning of its own.
Although there has been significant progress in societal perceptions of LGBTQ+ people, we are still far off from where we need to be. There are still 69 countries in the world where same-sex activities are illegal. Discrimination continues to prevail, especially towards LGBTQ+ people of colour. It's unfortunate that after numerous years, the acceptance of people over varying sexualities is still up for debate.
We underestimate how crucial simple acceptance is for building a world where people can grow together. Self-acceptance amongst LGBTQ+ people is challenging in its own regard. And when the world around them fails to show even the slightest acceptance, it makes it hard for them to feel free, even to their own selves.
This Pride Month, at Chrysalis Salon and Beauty Supply, we encourage people to take a vow to be more accepting of the people around us. Become more attentive to how we can help the LGBTQ+ community live better. Their lives are equally important for a better future ahead. So why can't we all work to be better allies and build a world that's accepting and safe for them all?
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