June is Special!

June 28th: Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day - 46 years ago, there were a series of protests conducted by the LGBT community against the local police for raiding and arresting patrons of the Stonewall Inn located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. This was a time when LGBT people could be arrested simply for being themselves. It was also a time when being LGBT was diagnosable as a mental illness. During the early morning of June 28th, 1969, the LGBT community fought back against the police. The Stonewall Riots ensued and for days afterward more protests followed in the gay community. This was the beginning of the gay rights movement in NYC and then around the world. On June 28, 1970, the first gay pride march took place in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago all commemorating the Stonewall riots anniversary. Nowadays, LGBT pride festivities take place all over the globe toward the end of June remembering the Stonewall riots.

Whether one identifies as LGBT or as an LGBT ally, it's a wonderful time to celebrate freedom, authenticity, and truth. Congratulations to all who took and continue to take the risks of "coming out" first to yourselves and in many cases to loved ones and more!  Being and living as your special, unique self is a gift to the world. Wholehearted gratitude and congratulations are also in order to all people who have supported and loved their LGBT friend, family-member, co-worker, acquaintance, etc. Your openness has helped heal an individual as well as an entire community of fellow human beings! Being able to be and express our true selves, as well as accepting another as s/he truly is, together induce the relaxation response which is essential healing ointment for the mind, body and soul.