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Tidbits of Joy #61 - Celebrating Inclusivity and Love

Dear AdNet Employees, Clients and Friends:

As we approach the middle of Pride Month and Juneteenth, I want to take a moment to reflect on how important love and inclusivity truly is, not only when we are celebrating Pride and Juneteenth, but every day of the year.

For the first time in history, on June 6, 2023, the Human Rights Campaign declared a State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ Americans. My community is in serious danger as more than 75 anti-LGBTQ bills have been signed into law this year. I often find myself asking “Why?” and “What can be done to stop this?” The only answer that I can come up with is to intervene with love. Whether that is in the form of loving my community or choosing to speak out against these bills without issuing insults or threats to those who support these bills. There is historic legislation in place for inclusion of LGBTQ owned businesses to have access to contracts which will continue regardless of obstacles put on our path. Imagine how much good could be done if people would spend their time on crafting legislation that allows all people a piece of a bigger pie rather than diminishing humanity.

June 26th marks eight years since The Supreme Court legalized a national right to same-sex marriages in a landmark decision. My wife and I celebrate 10 years married this year and 25 years together. She is my light, my inspiration and my best friend. Together we have an amazing family who stand together through whatever life sends our way. And I would put my life on the line to defend our marriage. I’m not afraid of these evil people.

Juneteenth (June 19th) is commonly referred to as America’s second Independence Day, as it commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865, in Texas. Similar to the purpose behind Pride, the legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times. One of the best ways to support diverse communities is by exercising active listening skills and having a willingness to learn and also be humble to admit that you need to heighten awareness in your language. Ibram X. Kendi’s novel How to Be an Antiracist is a great book to read in an effort to become a better ally. Celebrate proudly and passionately this important day and be part of the cause to eradicate racism and replace it with equity and inclusion.

Happy Pride and Happy Juneteenth from the AdNet team!

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