COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
Equality for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community has been a very trending topic due to the recently passed legislation and the recent shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.
One of the other reasons why equality for the LGBT community has sparked this past month is the fact June is recognized as a special observance for the LGBT community, celebrating pride for the obstacle they have overcome and for the push for equality ahead of them.
These past 10 years have been tremendous in the amount of support given to the LGBT community and does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. No matter your gender identity or your sexual preference, we all bleed red. Many supporters of the LGBT community have family members or friends that have shared some very impactful news to them and they chose to support them instead of leaving them to deal with their feelings on their own.
By proclaiming June as LGBT Pride month, Department of Defense organizations are not only saying we support the LGBT community, but they are raising awareness that some of the people who may very well be serving next to you could be scared to show who they really are due to fear of rejection.
Many of us have seen the rainbow flag associated with LGBT pride, but what most of us do not know is what the colors represent. Designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBT pride and social movements. The colors reflect the diversity of the community.
Baker served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. After his honorable discharge from the military, he taught himself to sew. The rainbow flag consists of six stripes, with the colors red representing life, orange representing healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for serenity, and violet for spirit. The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.
In conclusion, we all bleed red. I ask you to recall this phrase when you notice equality concerns in the coming months to see how your outlook may change. On June 1, 2009, President Barack Obama ended the proclamation for the LGBT Pride Month by calling upon the United States to “turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.” So, if a friend or family member comes to you with this topic, understand their feelings and be there to support them whether or not you have the same viewpoint. This is America, we are all humans with a different point of view and we all bleed red.