June happens to LGBTQ Pride Month, an annual anti-discrimination effort made official in 2014 with a proclamation from then President Obama. By the way, we all know LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The added Q letter is now used and stands for either “questioning” or “queer.”
Young people have come to embrace the word “queer” and taken it back as a respected word. Years ago, “queer” was used in a perjorative manner against the gay community.
TV host Jimmy Kimmel of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” did something unique and hilarious in honor of Gay Pride Month, and people can’t stop buzzing about it. He sent a reporter to West Hollywood with one question in mind:
“What’s the straightest thing you’ve ever done?”
Gay people took the question with a good sense of humor. Some of the replies were sensible and others crazy.
For example, one gentleman says the straightest thing he ever did was “baled hay.” Another answered that he went to a Dodgers game and didn’t know what was going on. One woman said that at age 16 before she came out to her relatives, the straightest thing she ever did was go to a Barnes & Noble store with her family.
One gentleman said,”I’ve never done anything straight,” and the audience howled with laughter.
Perhaps the heartiest response came when a young man told the Jimmy Kimmel Live! reporter that the straightest thing he ever did was “dated a girl.” When she then asked him what the gayest thing he had ever done, he answered, “F—ed a guy.”
It was all in good fun and a clever way to celebrate LGBTQ people around the world.
Hats off to Jimmy Kimmel for keeping it real and respecting all people who choose to be themselves.
In the meantime, Ivanka Trump has shown her celebration of June’s Gay Pride Month with a tweet, saying she is proud to support her friends in the LGBTQ community and those LGBTQ Americans who have contributed tremendously to society and the economy in the United States.
Unfortunately, there has been no official White House statement commemorating LGBT Pride Month.