Pride Month 2018

What does PRIDE mean to you?

Ms. Columbus Georgia Pride Queen 2017

Pride Month represents my best friend, some of my graduating class in high school and my late grandmother. It is a time when they can be celebrated for what makes them unique, happy, and colorful human beings. It is a time to remember the trials and tribulations they had (and still continue) to overcome to obtain rights that others take for granted. It is a time to remember the awful things that this community has endured, such as discrimination, invasive scrutiny and the Orlando shootings. Pride Month is a time to see past mere labels, broadening our understandings of the communities and individuals they represent. It’s not just about LGBTQ+ people; it’s about entire subsets of cultures spawning from one head. For the LGBTQ+ community, Pride Month isn’t just one month of involvement. It represents a commitment for the rest of their lives, and for a brief time, we can celebrate all the wonderful things these lives mean. Pride Month matters because it validates everything that LGBTQ+ people go through and shows them how many people are by their sides. Pride Month matters because every year, it makes our prejudices shrink a bit smaller, lessens the amount of hate in the world, and replaces it with love and understanding. Pride Month, ultimately, is a celebration of people who just want to love and thrive regardless of labels.

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