It might seem like LGBTQ people are on level footing with cis folks these days, but during Pride month, it’s important not only to celebrate how far we’ve come towards equality, but also to highlight all of the spots where we definitely still have a long way to go.

If you see something, say something – be human!

#12. Black trans women have to keep reminding people that they’re dying at an alarming rate.

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According to the @humanrightscampaign, at least seven transgender people have been violently killed in 2019 so far. All the victims were black trans women. Muhlaysia Booker, a black trans woman living in Dallas, was shot and killed in May, after a video of her being assaulted by a group of men went viral. Last week, Dallas police found the body of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey, another black trans woman. “When you have the combination of a society that protects racism, misogyny and transphobia, it creates insurmountable odds,” Louis Mitchell, the executive director of Transfaith, told @time. “This is not so much an issue just in the Dallas area, but an international pandemic.” (photo by Demetrius Freeman / Reuters)

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#11. The aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL.

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I’d like to take a moment today to remember all lives lost in our community. Thinking about the #Orlandopulse tragedy that happened three years ago. I remember the feeling I had when I learned about what happened with Orlando Pulse Nightclub.  I was so sick to my stomach.  Scared, even.  To lose FORTY-NINE members just because of hate?  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last incident.  Incidents like this are still happening today and will continue to happen until we make real change.  This is another reason why #pridemonth means so much and needs to be a movement recognized by ALL OF US.  Change cannot happen until we all truly embrace LOVE.  #lgbtqrights #orlandopulse #pulsenightclub #equalitynow #loveislove #lovealwayswins #gunreformnow

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#10. LGBTQ people who are out with their sexuality face discrimination literally everywhere they turn.

#9. These two women, who were beaten for refusing to kiss for the amusement of others.

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This story literally disgusts me 2 women were harassed by a group of men on a London bus The men tried to force them to kiss but when they tried to play it off and refuse nicely, they ended up on the floor of the bus beaten by these men If you believe that the LGBTQ+ community has as much rights as an average person you are wrong. Freedom is taken from this community the moment they leave their houses on a daily. Rights are taken… I stand behind every LGBTQ member who has been harassed, beaten, shammed, shunned, etc… I stand with you guys as well Pride month isn’t about getting drunk in a street parade Pride month is about raising the voices of those unheard, pushed to the side because of socially “unacceptable” views #PRIDEMONTH #notmyphoto

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#8. Doing this in public could still cost them their lives.

#7. Because laws like this are still on the books around the world.

#6. They’ve been fighting a long time.

#5. Gay marriage has only been legal a short time – and it used to be a crime.

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r/g: @revjacquilewis Before 1967, my marriage would have been illegal in most of the United States. ⁣ Love is always right. Except when we as humans call it wrong. Today is #LovingDay & I am up in the air on my way to DC for #MoralWitnessWednesday. If my liberation is tied to yours (as it i⁣ ⁣ Today is #LovingDay. Chief Justice Earl Warren and the nine other Supreme Court justices ruled unanimously in a landmark case, Loving v. Virginia, that "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival …⁣ ⁣ Every year when this day comes I think about how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. ⁣ ⁣ It means something that Loving Day falls during Pride each year. And it means a LOT that this year is #Pride50, the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Yes, I now have the right to marry the man I love, and yes, gay marriage is (at least legally) recognized across the United States. ⁣ ⁣ But if my liberation is tied to yours, how far have we really come if horrific acts of violence like the Pulse Shooting occurred just 2 years ago? (and killings and violence against LGBTQ people many times since?)⁣ ⁣ Today I celebrate my relationship with John. But am praying, working, FIGHTING for the right for all of us to LOVE FREELY on this earth as we were made to do. I’m⁣ in DC today taking it to the streets for #MoralWitnessWednesday.⁣ ⁣ There’s a lot of hate coming out of Washington right now. I don’t care about left or right, I care about love. And I will fight for it for all of us.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿⁣ ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤⁣ ⁣ Read my Huff Post article about Loving Day in my bio @revjacquilewis⁣ ⁣ #LoveTransforms #LovingDay #loveislove⁣ #LoveIsLove #orlando #pulsenightclub #enoughisenough #GodIsLove #BoldNewLove⁣ #Freedom #LetLoveRule #WomensRights #Persevere #BlackLivesMatter ⁣ #LGBTQrights #intersectionality #progressivechristianity #ReclaimingChristianity #ReframingChristianity #LovingvVirginia #50DaysOfPride

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#4. Too many have died for the cause.

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🌈 H A R V E Y 🌈 M I L K 🌈

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#3. Many states are still actively trying to make discrimination legal.

#2. Enough said.

#1. This is real life.


Happy Pride!