As Pride month comes to a close, I want to reflect on what Pride means to me and my family. For the last decade, my family and I have attended the Pride Parade. We have celebrated this community, have been overjoyed to see marriage equality turned into law and have seen so much positive change for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or other sexual or gender minority (LGBTQ+) community. However, today, I still see the heartache and struggle our neighbors still face.
To fight for equity for LQBTQ+ rights for our neighbors, means we fight for LGBTQ+ people of color, low-income LGBTQ+ residents, LGBTQ+ people with disabilities and non-binary LGBTQ+ folks to name a few. We must acknowledge that pain and trauma is compounded even more when we hold multiple identities. Our fight for equity doesn’t stop at marriage equality, it is about dismantling the barriers to receiving county services, to be respected and to be reflected in the county workforce. As a county, we must address issues within the LGBTQ+ community: youth homelessness, trans/general LGBTQ+ healthcare accessibility and chemical dependency to name a few. We must fight for equity for LGBTQ+ folks everyday.
As your commissioner, I’ll work to ensure you receive fairness in county services no matter what your sexual orientation or gender identity.
Below are some of my favorite photos from yesterday's Twin Cities Pride Parade!
~Jennifer Nguyen Moore