This is an uncomfortable conversation. (Trigger warning)
I wonder, why are we still talking about basic human rights? Why are people of color or people who identify as LGBTQ+ not allowed to have the same human rights others have?
I always come back to the thought, we all bleed red. We are all humans with feelings and goals. All seeking to be happy and loved.
Friday was disappointing for me. I read that the healthcare protections for LGBTQ+ people were being taken away in the US. Read more here. After looking into this some more, I found out that the state of Arizona, where I reside, doesn't have any laws or policies protecting LGBTQ+ people from being unfairly discriminated against.
This also happen on the same day as the anniversary of the Orlando pulse shooting. All so weird and somehow inner connected.
What...is...happening? I don't think it's fair to ask someone to hide who they are in order to get fair medical attention. So what will happen? Honestly, how will these humans get the care they deserve?
Monday has taken a turn. The US Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that a key provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination. While this is great, it brings me back to the same thought, why are we voting on basic human rights? As a leader, I always think about the people around me. How these external decisions are affecting them. Affecting their thoughts, actions, work life, or even their home life. Something so basic, shouldn't be a worry on their hearts. They deserve to be treated equally. We all do.
So I say that, to say, it's a scary time for people who are "different." I say that lightly. Somehow our human rights are up for debate. So we must continue to fight. Fight for what is right. Protect each other and hold others accountable.
I recommend visiting the Trevor Project website which is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. The organization is also seeking volunteers, I challenge you to get involved.
Salesforce had a fireside chat this morning and they touched on a lot of good topics around the Black Lives Movement and the current state of LGBTQ+ rights.
Happy Pride Month to everyone and happy early Juneteenth!
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