The struggle for LGBT rights has come a long way since Stonewall Inn in the 1960s. This June, the nation celebrates LGBT Pride Month after President Obama's official proclamation of the month to commemorate the gay and transgender community.
Along with Caitlyn Jenner's stunning debut on the cover of Vanity Fair and a possible SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage this month, social media users had much cause for celebration — a heartening outpour of support for an issue that mere years ago would have remained shrouded in obscurity.
The turning tide toward widespread acceptance for gay people and their rights has come so suddenly that even its proponents have expressed surprise. Today, a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, the first time since polling on the issue began. Public opinion swaying towards open acceptance has been responsible for the swift legalization of gay marriage in 37 states so far, and the Supreme Court is currently considering whether to rule same-sex marriage a constitutional right.
Last week, President Obama, the first POTUS — and one among many D.C. politicians — to publicly support same-sex marriage, officially declared the month of June as LGBT Pride Month. As June takes off, LGBT Pride Month celebrates the gay, lesbian and transgender communities both at home and abroad, and the excitement, as was evident on Twitter on Monday, is palpable.
Many also lauded Caitlyn Jenner's debut as the perfect way to begin LGBT Pride Month.
Even Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton announced her support for LGBT Pride Month, a move that just years ago would have amounted to political suicide for any lawmaker. That even some politicians can comfortably express support for the long-oppressed community without worrying about alienating voters indicates the gaining momentum of support for gay rights.
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