While the Fourth of July is technically a day to celebrate the 13 colonies’ rejection of British rule and the formation of a new nation (albeit on top of existing nations), it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the freedoms we have—or don’t.
The past year has seen historic wins and losses for the LGBTQ community, but we continue forward in our fight for freedom, self-determination, and leaders who truly represent us. We remember that the core principles upon which our nation was founded (despite their often uneven application) remain guiding lights: the freedoms of speech, press, assembly; the essential equality of all people; and our unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
So, how are celebrating this Independence Day? BBQs with family and friends? Block parties and fireworks? Planning your next revolution? Share in the comments below.