Take a cube of sugar, a slice of orange, and a cherry along with plenty of cherry juice and muddle it all together. Once muddled together, add ice and your choice of either whiskey or brandy. I prefer brandy, however to each their own. For a sweet, add sprite. Sour, add bar sour and press means a mix of sprite and soda.
June is Pride month and has been celebrated as such by the LGBTQ+ community since 1969. The Old Fashioned was popular in 1969, and it is a drink I recently learned to make and enjoy. As many know Pride was started when the patrons of the Stonewall Inn rioted against the police. They were sick and tired of being discriminated against by the police, when they came in to arrest the entire staff of the Stonewall the patrons threw bottles in retaliation. The night resulted in a few days of demonstration demanding equality.
Since that fateful night in 1969, cities across the world gather together every June to celebrate Pride. Parades, clubs, dancing and more fill an entire weekend with embracing oneself for who they love. For many, coming to terms with their sexuality is a battle that takes years to reckon with and even longer to come out and tell others about.
Since Stonewall, June has been filled with a lot of victories and losses for the LGBTQ+ community. A huge one was the legalization of same sex marriage on June 26, 2015 by the Supreme Court of the United States. I attended my first pride the day after that decision and I saw more “Just Married” signs there than I had ever seen in my life.
Last year on June 12, 2016 a man went into Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and killed 49 people. 58 others were injured and that day scared the living day lights out of me. I wasn’t even out yet, not to anyone outside my family and friends. My eyes were glued to the television screen the next day as the news anchors threw out reasons why someone might do this. The country came together and said that LGBTQ+ people deserved better.
June will always be Pride month to those who care to celebrate it that way. An unapologetic celebration of gender identity, sexual orientation, and who we love.