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June is pride month. But many people still don’t know what pride means.
June is Pride month. It is a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQIA+ communities from across the globe. Pride can mean something different to each of us. In celebration of pride month, we decode what pride really means.
RELEVANT SUSTAINABLE GOALS
DISCOVERING PRIDE MONTH
While most of us think pride is all about rainbow and parades; it is actually more than that. Pride is about visibility and community. Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are.
COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET ?
Coming out can be a very difficult process. Our society strongly enforces codes of behavior regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and most people receive the message that they must be heterosexual and act according to society’s definition of their gender. For gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, there may be a sense of being different or of not fitting in to the roles expected of you by your family, friends, workplace or greater society. Coming out involves facing societal responses and attitudes toward LGBTQIA+ people. You may feel ashamed, isolated, and afraid.
While data shows that coming out can positively impact health, it’s still an emerging field of study, and it’s also a very personal thing. Just because one person has had a good experience or experienced relief of physical or mental symptoms doesn’t mean everyone will, and there are many factors to consider when deciding to disclose information about sexual orientation or gender identity.
Coming out is not solely about sharing your identity with others. It is journey of self-understanding, self-definition and self acceptance. One should not need to be “out” to the people to be validly and genuinely LGBTQIA+.
So take your time. Do not come out if you just got inspired by someone who came out to their family and had positive response because no two situations or families are similar. Do not come out if someone else is forcing you to do so. No one else is going to go through the rush of feeling. You have to. No one else will go through impact, you will. so it is purely your choice.
All in all, pride is about unity. Whether you are gay, straight or bi, black, white or brown — or anything in between — it’s about coming together in friendship, love and respect. Pride is about providing freedom and safety for all. So everyone can be their true and full selves. In this way, we are unburdened and unleashed, allowing us to all reach higher and further together. Pride welcomes allies from outside the LGBTQIA+ community. These are opportunities to show support, to observe, listen and be educated.
The reality is that inequality and injustice are sadly prevalent in all corners of the world. But we can all try and make the world a better place to live in through increased education and tolerance. Talk to your peers and get an understanding of all their personal struggles. There is never a place for homophobia or racism.
Happy pride month our LGBTQIA+ family, thank you for being you 💜💙❤️💛🧡💚
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