“When LGBT rights and environmentalism are taken seriously, the world will be a much better place for it,” Konrad Juengling
This year marks 51 years of celebrating Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community around the world. Over the years the community has grown in both socio-economic status and is extraordinarily diverse in culture and race. This brings leadership from this vast community and experience that is crucial for the environmental movement! We put together this great list of 5 things you should know about Pride Month, LGBTQ+ and the Environmental Movement.
Here are 5 things you should know about Pride Month, LGBTQ+ and the Environmental Movement:
1. PRIDE MONTH started after the Stonewall Riots occurred in June of 1969, after a police raid. Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, fought for Trans and Gay rights along with many others in the community. Since those faithful nights of rioting, PRIDE has grown into a community of inclusiveness, awareness and to bring equality to all.
3. According to Eric Swank of Arizona State University, a 2018 study showed that “members of the LGBTQ+ community are twice more likely to join in environmental movements…being more aware and less accepting of inequalities.”
4. Konrad Juengling, an LGBTQ+ rights and political activist says, “LGBT people have been forced to examine their lives and priorities from an early age,” explains Konrad, “unlike heterosexuals, LGBT people often struggle with acceptance from others and have to make hard decisions about revealing their identities and values. I think examining one’s ethics and morals makes one more apt to being an environmentalist and caring about the Earth.”
5. Out for Sustainability is the ONLY LGBTQ+ nonprofit devoted to the social and physical environment .
This organization is devoted to the social and physical environment – bridging queer identity and sustainable values.
By bringing forward the strong, community of the LGBTQ+, and moving forward with the protection of the environment and everything involved within it, we can bring equality and change to the forefront! Random Acts of Green strives to be an inclusive and diverse organization – and we still have a lot to learn! Check our our Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives