Our Journey – Celebrating Pride Every Day
Everyone has a journey that has been shaped largely by the people we meet and by the events that have touched us along the way. Greg Miraglia begins by discussing his own journey that started in 1976 just about the time when Proposition 6, a California voter initiative that would have ban all LGBT people from employment in public schools, was being considered in the State. Mr. Miraglia talks about how events like the murder of Harvey Milk, the AIDS crisis, and the murder of Matthew Shepard impacted his perception of what it meant to be gay. He explains the homophobia he experienced first-hand when entering law enforcement and how he managed a very successful career before finally coming out in 2004.
This program includes a number of videos offering an emotional experience as the history of the LGBT civil rights movement is explored from the 1960’s through today. Mr. Miraglia discusses the huge gains in civil rights realized here in the United States while pointing out that a movement in the opposite direction is happening in other parts of the world. In this program. Mr. Miraglia shows the audience that it’s not laws and policies that are going to make things better for law enforcement or the rest of the world. It is only by coming out and sharing our stories that we can change minds and hearts. Becoming proud of who you are takes courage and internal strength, but celebrating pride shouldn’t be a once-a-year event. The challenge for us all is to celebrate our pride every day. This is how we can change the world and help other understand LGBT people better.
This program is ideal for law enforcement, college students, or interested public and private organizations. Questions and discussion conclude this 2 hour program.