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our identities and help us remember that no matter what challenges we still face and what messages we receive from anti-LGBT people, we have always been and always will be important and valuable members of society. 2. History helps us understand where we are and where we’re going. History doesn’t just repeat itself, as the cliché suggests. Instead, it informs our present and affects our future as a community. To fully understand the significance of the recent victory for marriage equality, for example, we must understand what came before it, like the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down a ban on interracial marriage in 1967, or the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation movements that formed the foundation for modern LGBT organizing and advocacy. 3. Our Stories Matter. Many members of the LGBT community still struggle to have their voices heard and their experiences valued, and the historical silences surrounding our identities don’t exactly help that struggle. Historical accounts that include LGBT people, whether we’re talking about middle school textbooks, college lectures or historical movies or documentaries, make our lives and experiences visible. In turn, that allows potential allies to understand our ongoing struggle for equality. Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE 2017 | 61

Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE 2017  
Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE 2017  

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