Pride is more than a place holder on a calendar -- it's protest.

Over 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising, and six months away from the 50th anniversary of the now overruled Roe v. Wade, we can feel the tides changing, pulling us back into the past. The very first sounds of LGBTQ+ freedom and liberation were hundreds of queer folx screaming and chanting "out of the closet and into the streets!"

Decades later, we have returned to the streets desperate and determined not to return to a life of persecution and secrecy. The very core of queerness is radical revolution – existing proudly regardless of others' disdain or the status quo.

Produced by: Nehemiah Bester, communications strategist at ACLU of Maryland

Read by: Alicia Smith, communications strategist at ACLU of Maryland

This podcast was recorded on Piscataway land.

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