The Meaning of Pride

By: Bryanna Houser

LGBTQ Pride month explained

Not even 5 years ago, when people thought of the month of June, their first thought might have been of sunflowers, late nights by the pool, and rainbows in the sky. Now those rainbows have moved to the ground in the form of flags, shorts, and even billboards across the nation.

In recent years, the month of June has been the time for gay pride in America.

“Why June?” you might ask. Simply put, it’s the month that the US Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states along with other progressive acts for the community.

This year, the climate of the marches for Pride have a slight bittersweet taste to them, due in part to the political moves that the United States still seems to take against the gay people from President Trump tweeting his intent to ban transgender people from serving in the military to bills that North Carolina and Texas have passed preventing trans people from using public restrooms that aline with their gender identification. The marches that are supposed to be a celebration of the LGBTQ community are unfortunately reverting back to their roots as protest against the inequalities facing the community.

With tragedies such as the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub, it can be hard to understand why anyone would want to go to a public event that is full of gay people, but the existence of such danger is exactly why we need to have Pride Month and all the activities that come along with it. Pride was created as a way to celebrate the differences of all people; gay, straight, black, white. It’s a time for all of us to come together to fight for the rights that all people deserve and to show our pride in ourselves and those who stand up for us. Although it is a public gathering, police officers are posted at all the major parades and marches to ensure the safety of all of those involved and to keep the festivities joyous.

The month of June is for more than just having picnics in the park with the family; it’s about expressing your true self and not being afraid to do so. Pride is an example of the tremendous progress we as a nation have made for the inclusion of our people, and it is also a somber reminder that we still have a ways to go. Next time you hear someone mention Pride, remember to Pride is a time for love, not hate.

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