During the first weekend of June each year, Queens gathers in a show of support for members of the LGBTQ community. Over the last two years, that community has had a lot to celebrate. From the recognition of same-sex marriages to more representation within our governmental bodies, it seems like several battles have already been won in the fight for acceptance.
While we have taken great strides in the movement for LGBTQ rights in the United States, it is important that we continue to provide an example for Pride throughout the world. There are still too many incidents of bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, not just in this country but throughout the world.
Over the years, we have been a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights and we will continue to cheer on our brothers and sisters, our friends and family with each victory, and we will mourn each tragedy. We must continue to push for understanding, for acceptance and for the equal rights that everyone deserves.
The annual Queens Pride festival is a shining example in the ongoing battle for equal rights, and we commend the leaders of the LGBTQ community in the Borough for continuing to push forward in the face of adversity.
This paper has, and always will, continue to advocate and support the issues and people of the LGBTQ community. Dedicating an issue each year is our way to continue the fight for equality and justice.