I am celebrating Pride this year by caring for my husband as he recovers from neck surgery and I am extremely grateful for what the LGBTQ+ Pride movement has achieved. When Joe and I met it was still illegal for us to marry. If he had needed surgery or ended up in the hospital when only family was allowed to visit, I would have been denied entry. I would have had to hope some caring soul would break the rules for me – risking their job – to let me see, comfort, and care for the man I love.
Blessedly, the rules have changed. We can marry. We are legally a family. Change and progress keeps happening; just this month the Supreme Court ruled that employees cannot be fired for their sexual orientation. We are still fighting for equality, but it keeps getting better.