Today is the first day of Pride Month, thirty days dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. June also commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which took place on June 28, 1969. Tired of constant brutality and oppression from the police, people began fighting back after a raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Three nights of resistance and unrest ensued as people fought for the right to be treated equally under the law and to live free.
We have a long road ahead of us in creating a better society, but I urge all of you to consider and realise that there is more that unites us as humans – as people – than what divides us. When there is no justice for a segment of us, then there is no justice for any of us.
The thing about lockdown is it seems as though time has sped up and massively slowed down at the same time. After 11 weeks, I just want to remind y’all that it is ok to not be ok, even if you were ok when this all started.
The pandemic has caused many problems beyond a lingering dry cough and fever. Many people have died, lost employment, and had struggles with mental health due to prolonged isolation and uncertainty. Sadly, my friends, another effect of the pandemic situation has hit animal sanctuaries very, very hard.
The majority of photographs I have shared on this blog come from Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in southern England. Set in the beautiful countryside, this haven is home to 140 goats making it the largest sanctuary of its kind in the UK. At present, they are appealing for any help possible to help keep the sanctuary afloat while they cannot accept visitors due to COVID-19. Please consider sending them a donation – no matter how small – for the goats and for the sanctuary to carry on.
It is easy to list platitudes and tips about how to boost your mental health, but some mental health issues are beyond a simple walk in the sun, round of sun salutations or a distraction of a good book or movie. If you feel as though you cannot cope, it is absolutely ok to ask for help from loved ones or professionals. You never should feel as though you have to go it alone.