We have won when we’re one
2014 NYC Pride is organized in the name of the motto ‘We have won when we’re one’, and this shows precisely why LGBT pride events are relevant today. The past years have been incredible in terms of the improvement of the legal rights of LGBT citizens in New York, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 is a great milestone in this development. Since this achievement, some have had the urge to ask why Pride events are still organized; haven’t you gotten what you wanted? Is it really still necessary to have this parade?
The answer lies in this year’s slogan: the battle of the gay community does not end at basic equal treatment under the law. Our goals in organizing these activities are not just political, because there are plenty of other barriers embedded into society that lead to the discrimination of LGBT people. Homophobia still exists, the heteronormative picture of what a family should look like still prevails, and particular ideas of masculinity and femininity still dominate our culture. Challenging these constructions is also part of our goals, because they have an impact on the way that people are treated. President Obama himself proclaimed: “More remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity”, and we couldn’t agree more.
Besides, New York may have legalized same-sex marriage, but the situation in other states has unfortunately not progressed as far yet. When looking at certain other countries, circumstances are even worse. New York Pride fulfills a leading role in promoting equality around the world, and even though we have reached some of our goals in our own state, our work is not done. Because New York is one of the world’s most prominent cities, what happens here will be noticed worldwide, and we make use of this when we celebrate and promote LGBT Pride. We unite to draw attention to legal rights and tolerance issues that still occur on a daily basis, and as long as the world is divided on the position of the LGBT community, we will keep Pride alive.
Want to read more?
- A blog by Professor Brian Mustanski on Psychology Today gives a good set of reasons why Gay Pride is necessary. He names the categories of community, courage and resilience, caring for others, creativity, and civic engagement:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-sexual-continuum/201206/top-five-reasons-i-have-gay-pride-reason-1-community
- In 2002, sociologist Mary Bernstein wrote’ Identities and Politics: Toward a Historical Understanding of the Lesbian and Gay Movement’. This essay gives further insight into the goals of Pride beyond politics.