The Pride Parade took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday, June 26, 2022.
A few blocks away, quite a few people were protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The two groups ended up joining forces and protesting together, saddened that such a longstanding law had been overturned.
Many are concerned that the intensely conservative Supreme Court will soon ban contraception and gay marriage across the country.
"It’s not just women’s rights being taken away. … It’s also the rights of trans people, of nonbinary people." —Joycelyn Shroulote (A 16-year-old student at New Mexico School for the Arts)
Unfortunately, the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community often goes hand in hand with Conservative viewpoint: not always, but often.
Additionally, many are concerned that they will not have access to the procedures and treatments they need if they feel moved to undergo transgender surgery.
Like many in these community say, this is not a choice their minds but a necessity to feel comfortable in their own skin.
While many are still grappling with the changing times and the usage of correct pronouns, it's important to remember that, at the end of the day, everyone is human, and everyone deserves to be treated as an equal, regardless of their sexual identity and orientation.
Banning gay marriage would hurt so many same-sex couples who are simply living their lives, harming no one.
It would be deeply unfair to do so.
Banning contraception would be another step backwards for women.
Banning transgender surgeries would deeply affect people who need this procedure to feel comfortable being their most authentic selves.
These are human rights issues.