With all the attacks on LGBTQ rights recently, especially with many coming directly from Trump administration policies, it’s difficult at times to stop and appreciate how far the community has truly come.

Sometimes it’s worth noting not only the most recent wins (many are highlighted in the Mombian column on page 14), but also the not-too-long-ago strides the community has made. Philadelphia is a model city when it comes to changes in the past few decades that embrace the LGBTQ community.

A group of teens and 20-somethings were recently asked what they knew about Stonewall. The answers ranged from it having been a battle in either the Revolutionary War or the Civil War to it being a band from the ‘70s.

One person guessed that it had something to do with gay rights.

Sadly, even an adult who was asked seemed a little murky on the true significance of the Stonewall Riots.

Emergency [ih-mur-juhn-see]: A sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action; a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event.

An emergency is 30 million Americans without healthcare.

An emergency is the more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV. And many are dying of AIDS right here because of a lack of resources and the scant availability to some populations of preventative and life-saving drugs.

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