A Brief History of Pride & LGBT
While planning this month’s interview, we found ourselves asking each other a simple question – why is the celebration held annually during the month of June to celebrate the LGBT community called Pride?
According to Dr. Jennifer Rosen, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ashford University, “Pride really has two components. It has a celebratory part, which is to celebrate identities across a community and to celebrate the courage that it takes for a lot of people to live openly. And then there is an activism and an advocacy component, where communities are organizing together to fight for equal rights.”
With that piece cleared up, and with the political climate what it is, we started talking about the inequities, stereotypes, and prejudices that are an all too common experience for LGBT community members. But before looking into the more common stereotype and prejudices, Dr. Rosen reminds us of an important fact, “The LGBT community is incredibly diverse. There is an entire spectrum that exists, both in terms of sexual orientation and gender presentation in general.”
So back to the question…why might inequity, stereotypes, and prejudice be so common? Dr. Rosen shares her thoughts, “When you have misleading information and inaccurate data, you’re going to have more stereotypes and prejudice.” But, in Dr. Rosen’s experience, “There has been a push to increase information and awareness and exposure, which goes a long way towards decreasing prejudice and discrimination.”
To learn more about the history of LGBT Pride, some factors involved in addressing common stereotypes, a dialogue taking place at Ashford University on the topic of gender, and the ways that you can join ongoing efforts to address inequity or access support, be sure to check out this month’s video.
Written by Ashford University Staff