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Your Voice Matters: Reflecting on Pride and LGBTQ+ Civil Rights in 2022

Chris Minnich  //  June 7, 2022  //  5 min read

At Apptentive, supporting the LGBTQ+ community goes beyond just changing our logo to a rainbow version every June. We unequivocally believe that everyone deserves to have a voice and be heard. The fight for equality is year round, but in June it is important to take the time to recognize Pride Month and celebrate the people and events that have driven progress. 

Read on for a brief history of modern U.S. LGBTQ+ civil rights, key figures in the movement, and resources for supporting fellow LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends, and family.

Why we celebrate U.S. Pride in June

Most Pride events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBTQ+ patrons were common, but that night, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn and the queer community fought back.

These events began what most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ movement. Pride began as a protest, but has morphed into a celebration of self-love, diversity, and acceptance. Pride Month also increases society’s awareness about issues that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community, like the fight for equal rights, freedom from violence, and discriminatory workplace practices.

A brief history of LGBTQ+ civil rights and Pride

Following Stonewall, the LGBTQ+ community along with their allies continued the fight for equality and justice in the United States. With significant grass root efforts and political mobilization, they won the following rights and more: 

  • 2011: Right for LGBTQ+ citizens to openly serve in the U.S. military
  • 2015: Right for same-sex couples to marry
  • 2017: Right for same-sex couples to adopt
  • 2020: Right to be protected by anti-discrimination laws in hiring, termination, compensation, and workplace harassment

Pride 2022: Timeline of modern LGBTQ+ history in the United StatesProminent LGBTQ+ activists

It took the collective efforts of generations of LGBTQ+ activists and allies to earn the hard fought rights featured above. Here is just a small sample of important activists in the LGBTQ+ rights movement:

  • Harvey Milk won a seat on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, and emerged as one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials, spearheading an important anti-discrimination measure. 
  • Edith Windsor was a LGBTQ+ activist and the lead plaintiff in the case United States v. Windsor. The case overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and is considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States. This ruling paved the way for the Supreme Court striking down all state bans on same-sex marriage in 2015.
  • Marsha P. Johnson, a Black, gay liberation activist, and self-identified drag queen, was a community organizer and prominent leader in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, and with Sylvia Rivera, Johnson established the STAR House, a shelter for homeless gay and trans kids in 1972.

Pride 2022: Influential activists with images of Harvey Milk, Edith Windsor, and Marsha P. JohnsonProgress, but more work to do

Significant progress has been made over the past 50 years, particularly in the past decade. However, there is still work to be done. More than one in three LGBTQ+ Americans faced discrimination of some kind last year, including more than three out of five transgender Americans. These numbers are even higher for people of color. In 29 states, LGBTQ+ American are still not protected from discrimination in employment and housing. 

The LGBTQ+ community needs our support, love, funding, voices, and more, until we can all live equally and free from discrimination. That sounds like a big ask, so what can you do?

Resources and community involvement

  • Learn more about LGBTQ+ history through reading, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, following queer influencers and activists, and asking thoughtful questions.
  • Use inclusive language and share your pronouns. 
  • Show respect to everyone regardless of their sex, race, gender identity, or expression.
  • Continue to share and discuss LGBTQ+ stories and issues with family and friends.
  • Support LGBTQ+ businesses and services.
  • Get involved with causes you believe in by voting, signing petitions, and calling your legislators.
  • Donate your time and/or money to organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community such as The Trevor Project, GLAAD, HRC.org, Lambert House, and more.

At Apptentive, we celebrate and recognize Pride as a team to help raise awareness and create a more diverse and inclusive community. We are proud to ally ourselves with the LGBTQ+ community — our teammates, our friends, our families, and the community as a whole.

Our mission is to give a voice to every customer, but we also want to give a voice to every employee and every person. We believe every voice matters.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386 or contact the Trevor Project Help Center.

About Chris Minnich

Chris Minnich is a Content Specialist at Apptentive. He enjoys telling stories with written and visual content.
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