I often wonder why Gay History is not taught in our schools. After all aren’t we supposed to give our minority students examples of those they can relate to or identify with? When our innovations, inventions, contributions are unknown, we are not known. When our history, sacrifices, suffering and unfair treatment is not known, we are simply unknown.
Our Pride celebrations today were born from the pain of not being able to go out for a beer after a hard days work without getting harassed, blackmailed, arrested or beaten. Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a Straight Pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.
Very few know of our talent, contributions or the barbaric mistreatment that sadly still runs rampant today. When no one knows about or learns about the invisible minority we are simply, well…. invisible.
From Bayard Rustin devising the March on Washington to Billy Strayhorn writing almost all of Duke Ellington’s greatest hits, our history has been stripped away, our contributions erased. Dr. Martin Luther King and Duke Ellington didn’t mind the fanfare these brilliant men brought them but had little interest in crediting or publicly associating with them simply because their personal picture of love was not their ideal. The mere fact that you are reading this on some type of computer is thanx to a gay professor in the 1930’s. A genius who was governmentally castrated (ultimately dying) for being born gay.
Here we are in 2017 and our community is still being overlooked, forgotten, erased. June has been National Pride month for decades yet absolutely no mention of it from the highest office. When is enough enough? Please take a stand and share/support this organization UnErased. Together we can all work toward a better, more unified (and educated) nation. Thank you