It is inevitable to re-think our individual freedoms in light of the events we have lived since the beginning of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to meet our loved ones, to hug them, or to be around them altogether.
Not being able to show affection is not something new to the LGBTQ+ community. There are 69 countries that have laws that criminalize homosexuality, and showing affection in these locations can result in punishment—from an official warning to the death penalty.
However, as we approach the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered one of the birth places of gay civil rights, we can look back and celebrate the important milestones achieved since then.