Have Pride in June

Tiara McLean

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Pride Parades are typically an outdoor event that celebrates gay, lesbians, bisexual, transgender, queer social, and self acceptance. These events usually show demonstrations of legal rights such as, same-sex marriages. Pride is a place many can just have fun and be themselves without caution of being judged.

This event can get hectic at time to times, but it is usually controlled. By hectic, I mean that the people at these events can get really invested and engulfed in their pride spirit resulting in a fun filled time. Pride is meant for people to have fun, talk to new people, meet new people, and see new people.

At Pride events, some of the pride members might build their own float to show off their spirit or play music for everyone to hear. These events are not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings or to judge anyone. It is about being free and celebrating who they are in their own way.

As stated in The New York Times, “The history of police violence and crimialization of L.G.B.T.Q. people sadly continues to this day.” The violent police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969 is widely regarded as a seminal event in the gay rights movements. During that time, everyone was being judged for who they were. However, today’s pride is different. Many who participate are allowed to do things they couldn’t do back then when the Stonewall riots were going on. Pride has definitely progressed since these times and that is why many celebrate this spirit for the month of June. HAVE FUN, it’s Prideeee.