The month of June is known as pride month, in which events take place across the nation to celebrate and honor LGBTQ+ people. Parades, parties, dances, concerts; a long list of opportunities to come together as a community.
I love pride. It’s the time where I feel accepted the most and where I don’t have to try and explain who I am because others around me simply just get it. It’s encouraging and uplifting to see and feel a spirit of inclusion.
During pride month, I also find an influx of blogs and articles arguing anything and everything against pride. One of these stuck out to me in particular; the writer stating that there should not be a pride month because being prideful is sinful.
This is missing the point of pride.
Pride is not a time where we think we are better than someone else, it’s not about ego or being conceited. It’s about being who you are and having confidence within that. It’s about being accepted by others and doing the same. Pride is a time where we celebrate that no matter what we have been through, we are able to say, I am me and you are you.
Pride is about inclusiveness not boastfulness.
The point is to be confident in who you are. Regardless of sex, gender, nationality, religion, culture, or whatever it may be that makes you, you. Whether it’s June, November or February, be proud of who you are because you are beautiful and unique, and you deserve to be celebrated.
I am me. I am proud of who I have become and who I will be.
Get out there. Be you and be proud.