Celebrating Juneteenth: A Day of Freedom and Equality for All

Juneteenth is a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people in Texas were free. This announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and it marked a significant step toward equality and freedom for all Americans.

Today, Juneteenth is celebrated across the United States as a day of remembrance, reflection, and celebration. It is a time to honor the struggles and achievements of African Americans, and to recognize the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality. At the same time, it is a day that holds special significance for the LGBTQ+ community, as we continue to fight for equality and acceptance.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, we also recognize the struggles and achievements of LGBTQ+ people of color, who have fought for their rights and their place in society. We honor the legacy of trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Bayard Rustin, who fought for both racial and LGBTQ+ equality.

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We also recognize the ongoing challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people of color, who continue to experience discrimination and marginalization in our society. We must continue to work together to create a world where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of their race, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

TriPride is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work. We recognize the intersections of different forms of oppression and discrimination, and we strive to create a safe and welcoming space for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. As we celebrate Juneteenth, we renew our commitment to creating a world where everyone is free to be themselves, and where all voices are heard and valued.