June 12th is Loving Day. In 1967, eighteen states still had anti-miscegenation laws on record. Loving v. Virginia changed all that. Richard and Mildred Loving fought and won the right to love each other, no matter where they chose to live. This year is the 49th anniversary of the legalization of interracial marriage.
June is Pride Month in the United States, chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. It is a time of acceptance and joy for the LGBTQ community and their allies. This month, every year, we use love to combat the prejudice in our country. And after decades of shame and hatred, LOVE WON. In Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26th, 2015 gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states.
June is the month of love and community. I'm choosing to celebrate the men and women who fought and died for that love. Without Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges, my friends and I wouldn't be legally allowed to marry the ones we love. But the fight isn't over.
Today is a day of mourning. Early this morning a man shot and killed 50 people and injured 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Every news source is covering it, politicians and celebrities are weighing in, and families are grieving. This is why we have to fight back. We have to show those who spread their hatred and violence that we won't be silent.
Spread some love today. Let your friends and family know that you accept them and will stand by them. Show the prejudiced, hateful people of the world that we are not beaten down. We stand strongest together in love.