About Pride though!
Yesterday was Pride Parade in Seattle, and I’m sooooo happy I went. Last year I missed it because I was on CPT, however this year I made sure to not miss out.
What I love about Pride is that it’s a day where judgment is pointless. It’s a day where people come together for a greater cause of equality.
What is Gay Pride?
Gay pride events, including gay pride parades and festivals were started in major urban centers to improve the visibility, acceptance and legal protections for LGBTQ+ people living in those communities. While the aim of pride day started with a political nature, many cities around the world have such wide acceptance and legal protections that many events have become a celebration of pride for the local LGBTQ+ community. Depending on the country or city where the event is being held, the marches and parades often campaign for recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriage, legal protections for couples and families, anti-discrimination laws or trans rights. Although there are still obstacles in achieving full acceptance and protections for the LGBTQ+ community, the progress made just over the past few decades has been significant.
A Brief History of Gay Pride
In June of 1969, a group of LGBTQ+ people in New York City rioted following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This series of events was a turning point for the LGBTQ+ community and marks one of the most significant events leading to the modern gay rights movement. The following year in June, organized demonstrations took place in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. As the years went on, additional cities in North America and Europe began to hold their own public demonstrations or pride day, eventually leading to what we know today as a gay pride parade, march, celebration or festival. - Iglta.org
Fun fact, for a while I didn’t go to things like Pride because I know not everyone supports the idea of loving whomever you love. I was worried I might offend people, loose followers or have people wondering what I do in my spare time that they don’t know about.
However at this point in life I could frankly careless. At the end of the day, if what someone does in their bedroom when no one looking bothers you THAT MUCH, you might need to seek therapy. No shade, but what the next person does should never made you lose sleep. Especially if their life choices don’t affect you personally.
Shout out to all of my friends that came out! We had a blast walking in the parade, and I definitely got my workout in!
What does Pride mean to you? Did you go to the Parade? Shoot me your thoughts on Instagram @Naybesa
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