LENITA FLOWER TRUCK BY GRITA












06/17/21


PRIDE BLVD.
LENITA PRIDE
Today, the rainbow stripes underneath our feet in gayborhoods across the country are feeling broader, stronger and more colorful than ever; but Pride Boulevard didn’t pave itself. It was constructed by many, such as the folks in the Stonewall uprising, including a drag queen named Marsha P. Johnson, who fought against police raids targeting the queer community in New York bars, thusly birthing the gay liberation movement in the U.S.

Powerful hands from figures like politician Harvey Milk and allies like Princess Diana helped to create bridges along the way. Milk led San Francisco to march for equality while Princess Diana shook the hand of a 32 year old AIDS patient, touching the untouchable and fighting against stigma in the queer community.

The victory in the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who fought all the way to the Supreme Court against workplace discrimination, brought transformation to legal systems. But the work continues with or without the support from government entities, such as the case of Nik, who with limited resources founded Casa Transformar creating a safe haven for trans folks in Ceará, Brazil.

And on this road of known and unknown faces, we also meet strangers whose bravery cemented every surface. Everyday folks from near and far who faced and continue to encounter discrimination, abandonment, rejection and fear to simply love and be who they are.

This is a community who in the midst of darkness found the courage to pave the way so that anyone who lacked belonging found a path home – whose endless colors and glitter aren't meant to hide the pain, but to celebrate and show how proud and grateful we are.

Love is colorful,
Nemuel

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