It can be both inspiring and heartbreaking to read about LGBTQ+ equality around the world, especially in our current global climate. News stories jump between the legalization of gay marriage in Australia and the almost doubling of LGBTQ homicides in the U.S. I’ve been reading reports from Amnesty International and the [U.S.] National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Digesting the data is difficult due to fear and associated violence.
“The world is reaping the terrifying consequences of hate-filled rhetoric that threatens to normalize massive discrimination against marginalized groups, Amnesty International warned today [February 22, 2018] as it launched its annual global assessment of human rights.” Amnesty International
Over 50 LGBTQ individuals were killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in 2017, a rise of about 86% from 2016, according to a new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. https://avp.org/ncavp/
I’ve marched in the OKC Pride Parade for years and can share the event is usually a glittery weekend of peaceful demonstrations. Oklahomans who are LGBTQ+ or allies and supporters might want to attend the OKC Pride Parade in late June. https://okcpride.org/index.html#home
If readers are of Jewish decent and want to travel to experience a Pride parade, the LGBTQ Tel Aviv Pride events are also in June each year and are very affordable, nearly free, due to donations and sponsors. Although many countries in the Middle East have long standing anti-gay laws and customs, Israel is the most advanced country in the region in terms of LGBTQ rights & community activism. They visit Masada, the Dead Sea & the Western Wall. https://www.birthrightisrael.com/
Although in the U.S. LGBTQ+ is commonly used, in the Amnesty International uses LGBTI+.
Amnesty International’s annual report:
Australia legalized gay marriage in December 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/world/australia/gay-marriage-same-sex.html
Anti-LGBTQ homicides almost doubled in 2017. https://avp.org/ncavp/