Every year I look forward to Pride Month here in the US. For me, it’s a glorious time where I can sit and reflect with friends and family about how far the LGBTQ community has come. We also discuss how far we as a nation and a species still have to come for there to be justice and equality for every citizen regardless of their sexual identity, race, religion or any other identifying factor.
On June 12, 2016, 50 individuals lost their lives in a gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida and another 20 people were wounded. Acts of violence such as this one are becoming way too prominent. I honestly cannot wrap my head around why someone would want to do such a thing. The more I think about it, the more sad and confused I get.
For me, I believe that the events of last night, as well as the crazy events which have transpired in my life this past year, have made me come to terms with what it means to have Pride. I’ve also been redefining how one should address people when they have issues with your pride. I don’t want to get into too many details because I plan to share my feelings on my weekly podcast the Tokies, but I felt like I needed to post something. Mostly just for myself and to get my thoughts and feelings out into the world.
Stay tuned my loves! And don’t forget! Take Chances! Make Mistakes! AND GET MESSY!
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