June is Pride Month. Year round, HAVEN serves and celebrates survivors of all genders, sexual orientations, religions, races and socio-economic backgrounds. At a time when there is call for justice and an end to systems of racism and oppression, we continue to empower, educate ourselves and others, and support all, in efforts to end violence and change lives throughout Southeastern New Hampshire.
Today we celebrate Marsha P. Johnson. Pride Month is celebrated in June because of the famous Stonewall Riots that took place in June of 1969, where Marsha was a central figure standing for justice for the LGBTQ+ community. She was an activist for LGBTQ+ rights, homeless youth, sex workers, prisoners and people with HIV/AIDS. She was a survivor of sexual assault and violence. During Marsha’s lifetime, trans women did not even have the terminology they have today, but Marsha, who was born a biological male, identified as a Queen. In her legacy, she remains a Queen and a source of inspiration for people to live and love without fear of judgement. Marsha’s words are a heavy reminder in our hearts that work still needs to be done. Violence, racism, oppression and other forms of discrimination still exist. Justice is still demanded and an understanding that we are all human beings, deserving of respect and equality, is still needed.
HAVEN would like to take this month to celebrate pride and bring awareness to the strong individuals of the LGBTQ+ community and share their stories. We know stalking, human trafficking, domestic and sexual violence can affect anyone. If you or someone you love has been affected by violence or trauma, please know HAVEN’s services are free and confidential. In times of crisis, isolation, and stress, you are not alone. HAVEN is here for you. Our 24-hour hotline is 603-994-SAFE (7233).