Ambassador Samantha Power Commemorates the 45th Anniversary of Stonewall at Roosevelt House
As part of LGBT Pride Month, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power hosted a commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall demonstrations on Thursday, June 26. The event, held at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, highlighted the progress made and still to be made in realizing equality for LGBT citizens, both domestically and internationally.
Other speakers included actor and producer Zachary Quinto, veteran LGBT activist Bill Bahlman, and youth activist Alyx Steadman, who works with the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.
“Without Stonewall, the paths of these three advocates, and so many others in the movement, would likely have been very different," said Power. "And without the relentless pressure exerted by this movement over the 45 years since then, we would surely be in a very different place as a nation today."
Steadman, who at the conclusion of the event had the opportunity to pose questions to the other speakers, asked Bahlman what advice he would offer young activists today. “Believe in yourself,” said Bahlman. “When you see discrimination, speak up.”