Then and Now: An intergenerational conversation about the LGBTQ+ community

In honor of Pride Month, ABC News spoke with five people, of all different ages, about how far the LGBTQ+ community has come toward equality and inclusion and how much further it has to go.
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It's important that young people know. What our experiences on need to know art history and the need to know kind. Of that history so that one. They can continue to progress. And two they don't have to reinvent the wheel on some issues and three they can safeguard. The progress. We mate. I was born and raised in trouble Colorado which is. Fairly small town in dire times. And then was a very hostile environment. And in the seventies for gay people as it was everywhere and no clue by about 1968. The rating and eight years will. That I was a lesbian. I grew up in is less. The may twentieth century. At a time when and how we all basically live federal normal normal lives. And so I've followed by general norm and it. Obama dating. Tom I went off to university. And in my. Sophomore year I met my floor resident advisor when I went back as orientation guide. And fell in love at first sight and then I you. Exactly. That time. He mocks my family and Tony seventeen when I had my efforts serious relationship with a partner. I am the first person in McKinley to speak English as a first when Reuters. I am also the first person in my feeling to move the way I am also the first person in my feelings that come out. I don't have went. And went banking gender identity and sexuality. The team and I think or imagine and when he it was scary. In social media. Stop other people expressing themselves. And ice that as it. And ice are back at lake I feel like that's Q when. It's been. Miles. Oh this April kind of link describes aren't the only. I was lucky to be born to a set. And I never had. A formal. Coming out my parents always knew. And they accepted me what I. And when I related. Man it wasn't question. But law majority. Our members of the argue Ichi community. Are strange from Emory origin and their communities origin and that's where our community value. Art community choice and choice. Because we have to be to each other what worlds and two walks. I can do you live as they spaces look like I graduated from high school in 1976. And. Look what I learned early on with that there were gay bars they weren't DR corners of this city need Tennessee Rick and I candidates land and dark we go in and. I don't necessarily know that I have a place with four vaults. That I would call as the police but I would is that I have people you know really it. Alien friends a lot of time and when people can be that home for you it's really comforting because you know that wherever you go you how that. It's like also funny it's being. Cindy you mentioned like he buyers alike how Galley I thought that a few bars and you when you genuinely like me. Folks like that you come a crock and linked just by wit and can follow up on instant name and that it's definitely been a perk of social. Yeah and those of us in in my generation we will born on sexuality. Was uniformly. Against the law class United States you could be arrested. From our social gathering place from gave a large you can be put in prison. And in terms of school kids they'll throw you rule it out you're a lesbian. I asked and I think now. Mirja. Teachers who ran around. Oh he beat he volunteered to that and it's these shows you that you're not alone. And that act out nice if not people you Alan. You know sexuality agenda are. Well wit you only other things we did ours we. We started parades in 1988. So those are safe spaces and continued today. When everything that the corporate interference it is a place where people know. Feel like they belong to that immunity even it it's just a year. People have to know the route has been taken to our civil rights because they don't. They can easily be law. When we think of things like cry remember that pride parade. I'd demonstrations started out. Political. Demonstrations. Friday war are right. I meant just seen the old generally am which adds. Knowing that those people army who. Had so much West End to. Got. And if he did it tell the tale it's still in spy angle is so much hope while they can't. The one thing that miles that I don't bitten Sarah. And still don't fully. Are the words. They're growing a completely different lexicon adopt and I get. Another reason is that old people are so by Mary. Is because they're so to see it only got two big case you're either gay or lesbian. If you're bisexual they just couldn't make your mind that they act in ours back. And we didn't transgender. Well we didn't have a community of O that I can I. Early as transgender. Really until you know recently so this is a new phenomenon. Or everybody and it. I will tell you that there's nobody more supportive of the transgender community and this call and I am now because I was so ignorant or beauty container. As that we can fix that. And I am so appreciative that the younger generation are giving us an opportunity to be part of their future because when I want to get you youngsters. I know there's no future had a what I do not look or act as it is the future incited. We're not the person ice and I think we're not first generation and move. We're not the first generation to write it off entirely shore thinking about pol being. When contextualize are still so deeply relevant and still so Reese saying. And like one end our greatest educational awful learning from the generations prior and. Eight glad that is generations so touchy with snowflakes. I don't want to do any good could not losing. That fight against. Close mindedness. Out with social justice Reuters. We're the same well we're just differentiated. By age generation. Where the saint folk. I. Can't say. And what we have what we cannot allow ourselves to beat deny it is our connection. Yeah use a little are as much my children and grandchildren. Are lie my children and grandchildren. Or. Yeah that's what we eat off and just. In families of origin it is normal for. People to want what is bachelor. For their children and children those of us or older GB TP. What is better or use.

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