June 24, 2020

Celebrate Pride Month with these resources

Author: J. Philippe Abraham, Secretary-Treasurer
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Each June, we celebrate Pride Month, a celebration that honors the 1969 Stonewall riots, at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. This event is widely considered to be the tipping point for the LGBTQ rights movement and the march towards greater equality in the United States. This year, as we recall the 51st Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, lead by trans women of color, and the 50th Anniversary of the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day, NYSUT joins in the celebration, and recommits to the struggle, so that every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) person receives the respect and the dignity bestowed on every American, and most importantly, equal protection under the law.

LGBTQ people belong in our Union. NYSUT has, and continues to work, for a more inclusive, equal and vibrant union for LGBTQ people, allies and the communities we serve. NYSUT has a proud tradition of supporting equal rights for LGBTQ workers, both in society and the workplace and will continue to work hand-in-hand with the LGBTQ community to ensure that the tasks of providing equality in both the workplace and community move forward.

We must remember that out of struggle, we have the opportunity to educate, to examine and to work for positive change.

To that end, there are a number of actions and learning opportunities that one can participate in to join the celebration of PRIDE 2020 and the work of creating a better world for LGBTQ and all people.

Events and Resources

These events and more may be found on NYSUT’s dedicated page to LGBTQ people and issues at nysut.org/lgbtq.

  • The Family Equality Council began its LGBTQ families for Black Lives Matters campaign with a day of actions and a toolkit for talking to children, from toddlers to young adults.
  • The AFL-CIO, along with Pride at Work, the national LGBTQ constituency group of the AFL-CIO, will present a panel on LGBTQ Essential Workers and the economic impact on LGBTQ and people of color, featuring Mitch Klages-Bombich, a UFT member and member of the NYUST LGBTQ Committee at 4pm, on Thursday, July 25th. To RSVP, please go to go.aflcio.org/allofus
  • The National Education Association (NEA) has a number of virtual events planned throughout the summer. To find out more, please go to www.neaedjustice.com.
    • LGBTQ Education Townhall: A Virtual Town Hall to discuss the Pandemics of Racism and COVID-19 on the LGBTQ Community, and the Historic SCOTUS Decision, June 26, 2020 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT, featuring: Lily Eskelsen García, NEA President
    • LGBTQ SCOTUS Decision Webinar: Why the Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ Rights Is Such a Historic Decision, June 30, 2020 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT.
    • 2020 NEA & GLSEN Virtual Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Summit, August 28 – September 2, 2020.
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