Celebrate Pride With West Coast Egg Donation
June is Pride Month – a time to celebrate the strides the LGBTQ+ community has made in our culture and legislation, and to honor those who fought tirelessly in the name of LGBTQ+ liberation!
California has a unique connection to Pride. Many pivotal moments in LGBTQ+ history occurred in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the outpouring of festivities each summer shows the community’s enthusiasm for their history. Millions gather each year from all over the world in celebration of the tremendous efforts of the LGBTQ+ movement.
Rainbow flags are displayed in abundance all throughout June – throughout coffee shops and bars, in the hands of parade-goers, and on car bumpers. The rainbow flag was created in 1978 in San Francisco by artist and drag queen Gilbert Baker who was challenged by gay icon and politician Harvey Milk to create a positive symbol of hope for the gay community. At the time, the only ubiquitous symbol for LGBTQ+ individuals was the pink triangle, a symbol of hate and oppression used in Nazi Germany. Using the rainbow as his inspiration for his intended message of togetherness, Baker presented his hand-made flags for the first time at the 1978 “Gay Freedom Day” Parade in San Francisco (now called the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade).
Ten years before the Stonewall riots in New York City changed the trajectory of gay rights, California’s LGBTQ+ people let out the first cries of protest against a society and set of laws designed to restrain them. In May 1959, a group of LGBTQ+ individuals fought back against a campaign of ongoing harassment at Cooper Donuts in Los Angeles. Police would often enter the trans- and gay-friendly 24-hour diner to command “gender-checks.” Presenting as anything other than the gender on your ID was illegal at the time, and that night in May, police began arresting a few drag queens as well as gay men. The establishment erupted in resistance against the raid in what is believed to be the first gay uprising in modern history.
Pride is woven into the fabric of California, and many celebrations are planned for the month of June to commemorate this historic relationship. In San Francisco, LA, and everywhere in between, June is an eventful, rainbow-colored month, with a theme of “Thrive With Pride.”
As we celebrate the milestones accomplished throughout the LGBTQ+ movement, sharing the love and connection felt within this community can stretch beyond the Pride parades during June. Many gay couples are choosing to expand their families through egg donation. This is a beautiful way to have a baby, and there are countless LGBTQ+ friendly organizations that are more than happy to help you start the family of your dreams.
Each time an LGBTQ+ individual can become a parent with ease, a brighter world becomes closer. California law is very favorable toward third-party reproduction, and California Family Law protects all parties in both surrogate pregnancies and egg donor cycles. Intended parents’ rights and obligations to their parenthood are clear and protected, regardless of their gender presentation or sexual orientation. If you are thinking of starting a family and would like more information, contact us at West Coast Egg Donation today.