Celebrating PRIDE and Human Rights!

Written by Elen Orleans, Edit & Graphic by Alexandra Blair June 13, 2023

June is a special month as it is when we celebrate PRIDE, an acknowledgment of the struggle and progress made by the LGBTQIA+ community. At Gomez Law, APC, we believe that in addition to a time of celebration it is also an opportunity to discuss the importance of human rights, particularly those of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Over the years, LGBTQIA+ rights have evolved significantly, with laws and social acceptance creating an environment that increasingly respects and acknowledges diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. However, it is also essential to acknowledge that the fight for equal rights and protections is far from over.

In California, we are proud to have some of the most progressive LGBTQIA+ rights in the United States. From workplace protections to housing rights, anti-discrimination laws in California ensure that all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have equal opportunities. For instance, The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Furthermore, the Gender Recognition Act allows individuals to choose non-binary as a gender on state-issued identification.

It's also important to remember that everyone, including the LGBTQIA+ community, has the right to use restrooms that align with their gender identity. This right is not just a matter of legality but also a question of human dignity, recognizing the rights of individuals to express their identity openly.

While we celebrate the progress made, let's not forget that there is still much work to do. Many members of the LGBTQIA+ community still face discrimination and exclusion, which should remind us to continually work towards equality and inclusivity. During PRIDE month and beyond, it is crucial to keep promoting acceptance, understanding, and respect for the LGBTQIA+ community.

This PRIDE month, let us at Gomez Law, APC, reaffirm our commitment to human rights and equality for all. We stand with the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to advocate for equal rights and protections under the law. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating PRIDE and taking a stand for human rights, ensuring that every individual is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Happy PRIDE month!