WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING, REALLY?
As we prepare to celebrate another year of Pride, I have found myself having conversations with those in the community who are wondering where our community is headed. As we watch cities like Austin, Phoenix, and San Francisco continue to grow, Albuquerque sits back as it loses cherish venues and seeing our annual festivals turn into a day of bumping and grinding. Is this what the community is reduced to? What will it take to get back on track and truly build back the GLBTQ community to what we witnessed 20 years ago? These are real concerns that are still being questioned, but organizations, leaders and those we looked to make this happen are either not being heard or don’t find it important enough to talk about. I have found failures and successes with this community and will continue to fight, but it’s time for all of us to look for more, ask for more and expect more from its citizens. So, this year, as I’ve said every year, make Pride a daily goal, not an annual one. Remember those who came before you and made a difference in the fight for equality.
Teresa Maria Robinson-Ewers, Editor-in-Chief
PRIDE & Equality Magazine