February 2, 2024

What Does Gay Pride Mean to Me?

June 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, which is widely considered to be the first event that started the gay liberation movement and modern fight for LGBTQIA+ rights. Pride month was made an official celebration by President Bill Clinton in 2000, and the name was changed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Awareness Month in 2009.

It’s important to remember that Pride is more than just a day or a month – it is a continued protest. While there has been lots of progress on sex equality, the queer community still faces discrimination, backward trends in lawmaking, a lack of access to healthcare and rising numbers of violence against members of the community, especially those in the'silent letters' groups like non-binary people or those who don't fit into typical gender binaries or a heteronormative society.

What does Pride mean to me? Pride means showing up for your friends, your family and yourself. It is supporting and celebrating love, despite the hurdles that come with it. Pride is looking all the hate right in the face and saying fuck you, but in a good way.

It can be as simple as attending a Pride parade or supporting LGBTQIA+ businesses (especially the small ones that struggle to stay afloat). It can also be a conversation with a friend about their experience with HIV and AIDS, or simply using your pronouns correctly in everyday life.


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