Pride and what it means to me.....
PRIDE!!! It's something we should all carry in our hearts but in the month of June, it'super special!That's right, I'm talking about LGBTQ pride!!! The month of June is filled with parades, parties and many other celebrations. Let me tell you, if you haven't joined in on at least one activity, you're missing out! However, it wasn't always like this. So when and how did June become the celebration filled ball of happiness it is today?
Well long story short, we recognize June as pride month to remember the stonewall uprising of 1969. It was the turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights. We weren't always equal and yes arguably we aren't now. However, we have made strides in the right direction and have come a long way. It's not uncommon to see LGBTQ characters in television and movie productions now. We no longer have to watch LOGO to see LGBTQ characters, granted the storylines aren't perfect but I believe with time it'll get better.
Pride month is here to remind us that LGBTQ humans deserve to live! Don't be ashamed of who you are! You're sexuality and gender are merely parts of who you are and don't define you completely. LIVE. YOUR. LIFE. TO. YOUR. OWN. STANDARDS! You absolutely deserve to and that's what pride month is all about!
I yearn for the day where coming out is a thing of the past. Where we can all just be who we are and love who we love without anybody else's opinions. A day where "coming out" is truly just a choice and not a burden to be lifted off of one's shoulders. I don't currently have kids but when I do, I don't want them to feel like they have to come out to me. I want them to just introduce me to their significant other and let that be it. Or maybe just point out some people they find attractive while we're out and about. If you feel the same way tread lightly. Coming out takes a lot of courage and is harder for some people to do. Below are some resources to help with coming out as well as more information on pride.