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Pride Month: What it is and what it isn't.

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

As we launch into June, let's take some time to consider how we can centre what Pride season is really about.

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It’s that time of the year again, and Pride is finally upon us! It’s a season of celebration, inclusion, joy and remembrance of those who have come before us. That being said, as the celebration of Pride month has grown exponentially over recent years, we wanted to uncover what the spirit of the season is, as well as what it isn’t.


1. Pride is a celebration of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.


It is not a single monolithic experience. PRIDE encompasses a vibrant tapestry of identities, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and pansexual folks.


2. Pride is a commemoration of the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community.


It is not a mere party or parade. It recognizes the historical and ongoing fight for equality, human rights, and dignity, paying homage to those who paved the way for progress.


3. Pride is an affirmation of self-acceptance and authenticity. It is not a platform for judgement or exclusion.


It encourages individuals to embrace their true selves and express their identities free from societal constraints while promoting inclusivity and understanding.


4. Pride is a call for visibility and representation.


It is not about erasing other identities or experiences. It seeks to amplify the voices and stories of marginalized folks, fostering an environment where everyone's unique journey is acknowledged and respected.


5. Pride is a platform for advocacy and activism.


It is not an excuse for performative allyship. It urges allies to go beyond rainbow symbols and engage in meaningful actions that challenge discrimination, support LGBTQ+ causes, and dismantle systemic oppression.


6. Pride is a reminder that the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is far from over.


It is not a declaration of "mission accomplished." While progress has been made, discrimination, violence, and inequality still persist. PRIDE inspires individuals to continue advocating for change and standing up against injustice.


7. Pride is an intersectional movement.


It is not disconnected from other social justice causes. It recognizes that identities are complex and interconnected, acknowledging the importance of addressing issues such as racism, sexism, ableism, and economic inequality within the LGBTQ+ community.


8. Pride is a catalyst for education and dialogue.


It is not an excuse for ignorance or avoidance. It prompts individuals to educate themselves about LGBTQ+ history, experiences, and terminology, fostering empathy, understanding, and meaningful conversations.


9. Pride is a safe space for self-expression, love and acceptance.


It is not a threat to anyone's rights or values. It is not an invitation for voyeurism or objectification. It encourages people to express themselves authentically, but respect for boundaries, consent, and personal autonomy should always prevail.


 

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We also organise FREE community events throughout the year! We offer a variety of ways to get involved - both online and in person. This is a great way to network and learn more about others' experiences, through in-depth discussion on an array of topics. You can find out what events we have coming up here. New ones are added all the time, so make sure you sign up to our newsletter so you can stay up to date!

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