Faces of Pride

Philadelphia Pride

2023

As LGBTQ+ spaces have continued to be a divisive issue in communities around the United States and beyond, it is important to reflect on the very reason they were necessary in the first place.

You have no right, I say, to keep those dirty, nasty people on the Federal pay roll, and use the dollars of decent citizens to pay them.

Rep. Clare Hoffman (R-MI)

U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Record, MARCH 1951

I promise by the end of the year, one way or another, I am going to get rid of three bastards, [REDACTED], Milk, and Moscone.

attrib. Dan White

Responsible for the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.

Quote attributed to MARCH 1978, recorded transcript from SEPTEMBER 6, 1983

As a final insult, on my last day of active duty, I was given a police escort from the base as if I were a common criminal or a threat to national security.

Michael D. Almy, Former Major, U.S. Air Force

1 of over 13,000 people discharged in violation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” after a targeted search of personal emails.

Testimony Relating to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy, MARCH 18, 2010

As of March 2022:

35

U.S. States have statues and/or constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.

These policies will reactivate if Obergefell v. Hodges is overturned.

Year-to-Date, 2023:

520

Anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in state legislatures.

LGBTQ+ individuals have and continue to be persecuted by waves of government legislation.

A movement of love surrounded by hate.

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