Pride Month is much more than a time of celebration; it is a profound recognition of the rich diversity within our queer and trans communities and honoring those who bravely paved the way toward queer liberation, acknowledging their struggles and triumphs that have brought us to where we are today. At the same time, it is a period for deep reflection about the road ahead– our work is far from complete.

If we are to achieve true liberation, it means recognizing and supporting the intersections of identity within the queer community. Queer people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and those from diverse religions and cultures face unique challenges. It means addressing our collective queer liberation with empathy and concrete action. It means actively dismantling the systemic barriers affecting queer and trans communities, especially those facing multiple forms of discrimination. It means fighting for the liberation of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and beyond. These individuals navigate the complexities of both their immigration status and their identities, facing unique challenges.

As we celebrate Pride Month, we must also commit to supporting and uplifting our queer and trans immigrant siblings. Their fight for acceptance and equality is our fight. Together, we can create a future where everyone, regardless of identity or status, can live authentically and without fear. This Pride Month, let us celebrate and take action by educating ourselves and others, advocating for systemic change, and standing in solidarity with those who continue to face discrimination and marginalization, so we can ensure a brighter, more inclusive future for all. The journey toward true equality and acceptance is ongoing, and it requires the collective effort of all of us.