Today is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which was the beginning LGBTQ liberation movement. Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman, is credited as the one who sparked the 1969 Stonewall riot when she threw a shot glass during a police raid of the Stonewall bar.
LGBTQ Pride Month is a time to celebrate the work and lives of all those in the LGBTQ community. While there have been huge strides for the community as a whole, many people are dismissed or omitted from the larger conversation from the big screen, media outlets, and in politics.
Even for the average person in the LGBTQ community, the fight for civil rights is a long journey. You can still be fired for being LGBT in 17 states. LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of suicide. The Trevor Project reports, “LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth” and “LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.”
In addition, a report from the Human Rights Campaign said that 2018 was the second consecutive year that more than two-dozen members of the transgender community were known to have been killed. At least 26 transgender people were killed in 2018, the majority of them Black transgender women. Since 2013, there have been 128 killings of transgender people, of whom 80 percent were people of color.
To celebrate Pride, here are folks who are living their life out and proud with no apologies.
1. Taylor Bennett
2. Syd The KydSource:false
Syd loves the ladies, and the ladies love Syd. She identifies as gay.
3. Azealia BanksSource:false
AB doesn’t do labels and considers her sexuality to be fluid and none of your business.
4. Frank OceanSource:false
Frank says he doesn’t like to label his sexuality, adding, “I’ll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences.”
Makonnen identifies as gay.
6. Angel HazeSource:false
Haze, who once dated Alec Baldwin’s daughter, Ireland, identifies as gay.
7. Cakes Da KillaSource:false
The Jersey native identifies as gay.
8. Young M.A.Source:false
M.A. identifies as gay.
Kehlani identifies as bisexual.
10. Brock HamptonSource:false
Kevin from the boyband “Brockhampton” identifies as gay — but the other members have yet to officially confirm their sexuality.
11. Billy Porter
12. Fly Young Red
13. Big Freedia