Four Big Reminders to Get You Ready for Pride

It’s that glorious time of the year — Pride. Amidst all the parties, festivals, and parades, before you simply grab a flag and slap on some glitter,  here’s what you need to know.

1. Pride was originally a protest.

Know your history. Not too long ago, this time which has become a celebration of free love was a counterculture movement started and upheld by Black and Latinx trans women and drag queens like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots! And without these queer femmes, our community would not have any of the freedoms it has today.

2. Pride is a reminder of both how far we’ve come and where we need to go.

The fact that most of our major cities host a Pride speaks to the strides we have made toward equality as a society, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over.

We should celebrate these days and find the joy of being alongside our LGBTQ+ siblings out in the open, but we should take pride into our offices, our communities, and our families to continue expanding equality.

3. The safety of others is huge.

Don’t post photos of people, even your friends, without their express permission. You never know who wouldn’t want their picture to come up for a family member or employer.

4. Have fun :-)

Really, Pride is a blast. We should participate in it thoughtfully, but the joy of this institution is that it welcomes the vast array of sexual and gender expressions that make the LGBTQ+ rainbow so beautiful. Now suit up (or down), put on some sunscreen, and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year <3


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