Happy 4th of July to our vibrant queer community! As we commemorate the founding of our nation, it’s crucial to embrace not only the broader narrative of independence but also the individual narratives of liberation and inclusivity that continue to enrich our society.

The words of Emma Lazarus, inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, resonate profoundly on this day: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” These words, initially a beacon of hope for immigrants arriving at America’s shores, also echo the struggles and aspirations of our queer community.

In our celebration of independence, we honor all those within the Queer spectrum still yearning for their right to breathe free and to live their authentic truth without fear or compromise. Lazarus’ reference to “the homeless, tempest-tost” shines a light on the many queer individuals facing shelter insecurity or rejection, urging us to extend our support and compassion to those who have the potential to be brought into our chosen families.

Today, let’s remember that the ‘golden door’ of liberty and opportunity is not a fixed monument. It is an ideal that is forever expanding and evolving. As we ‘lift our lamps’ of awareness, empathy, and advocacy, we illuminate the path for a broader, more inclusive definition of independence.

So on this 4th of July, we celebrate not just a historic revolution but also the ongoing revolution of acceptance, representation, and queer liberation. Our identities, experiences, and struggles shape the collective narrative of independence. Remember, the struggle is real, it continues, and yet, together, we persist. Let freedom ring for all!

By: Harold Marrero
Chief Operating Officer

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