Policy & Advocacy: Health Awareness / Nursing Leadership
Diversity and Inclusion: June is PRIDE Month
We are grateful for history as it reminds society to reflect on past wrongs, avoid repeating, and trailblaze. NNPBC recognizes and celebrates PRIDE month and all of those who have paved the way to where we are today, and to those who will advocate for the future.
How did we get here?
In Canada: The passing of Bill C-150
The Vancouver Pride Society reminds us of how we got to where we are today. 50 years and still fighting: In 1967, Everett Klippert was declared a dangerous sexual offender and sentenced to indefinite detention (life in prison) for consensual homosexual sex, otherwise known as gross indecency, sparking a national conversation. On May 14, 1969, Bill C-150 (Criminal Law Amendment Act) passed in the House of Commons, ‘decriminalizing’ private homosexual acts between consenting men over the age of 21. It received Royal Assent on June 27th, one day before the Stonewall Riots took place. And it is troubling to note that Klippert was not released until 1971.
In the US: June 1969, location: Stonewall Inn, a “gay” bar in Greenwich Village, New York City was the start of the Stonewall riots, where violent demonstrations broke out following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn. The riots erupted in response to the need for equal treatment, equal protection under the law, and equal policing of those laws. June 2019 represents the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Vancouver Pride Society reminds us that progress has not been a singular event, and that monumental gains have happened because of “collective dreams, actions and battles for liberation across time” and encourage the use of their hashtag on social media: #stillfighting50
NNPBC recognizes, supports, and advocates for dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation, and visibility of all persons and communities, and condemns discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, sexual diversity, gender, and gender variance. Through our advocacy, NNPBC promotes diversity, equity, and dissolution of barriers, especially for the LGBTQAI2S+ communities.