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It’s June and Time to Celebrate Pride Month

by Elyse V

Even though we have to keep things Covid-friendly again this year, we can still celebrate Pride Month. We can still celebrate the love and respect we have for our LGBTQ+ family, friends, and the community at large. We can still support their rights and lift up their voices. We need to be doing this every day/month, but we should do it just a little bit louder in June.

After 4 years of that orange menace in the White House trying to erase decades of progress with the stroke of a pen, it’s time to fly those Pride flags higher than ever. Between Trump and Covid, our perspective on how precious life truly is, is strong AF.

Pride is recognized in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots at New York City’s Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. That was long before I was born. As a millennial, I was born into a time of quasi-queer tolerance. I say quasi because although those loudly/publicly expressing hate or disapproval were condemned, there was still a considerable amount of quiet/private judgement and persecution happening. I know it still exists today but I grew up at a time when my peers felt saying, “that’s so gay” and “don’t be gay” was an acceptable insult. But we grow, we learn , and we do better, right? Well we should anyway (yeah I’m talking to you Republicans).

NYC Pride theme is “The Fight Continues.”

This year’s NYC Pride theme is “The Fight Continues.” because it does. Pride started as a protest. It’s important to never forget the strength and courage it took to fight the hate, pain and ugliness that got us to Pride 2021, and the fight and courage that continues today.

We allies have to be a part of this fight too. We can march, write letters, speak out against discrimination and for equality. We can volunteer and donate to organizations that better the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. But now is the time for celebration. So, let’s celebrate. We earned it.

For now, let’s celebrate Pride Month

Celebrate all the battles that were won and those who were/are on the frontlines fighting them. Celebrate the pioneers that have been representing, taking the BS, and still making it easier for those that follow. Even when it was hard. Actually, especially when it was hard.

I celebrate RuPaul for always being that bitch – for doing all the hard work, teaching us all the lessons while tucked, with a cinched waist, and wearing stilettos. I also celebrate Mama Ru for bringing Drag Race into my life. You expanded my heart, my soul, my mind and my drag vocabulary. I celebrate Trixie Mattel, Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Adore Delano, The Vivienne, Brooke Lynn Heights, Priyanka, Lemon, Jinkx Monsoon, Courtney Act, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Monet X Change, Katya Zamolodchikova, Gottmik, Baga Chipz, Lawrence Chaney, Tayce, Miz Cracker, and Jujubee for the countless hours of entertainment, laughs, enlightenment, and make up tips. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous spirits with me and for spilling all the T (and the shade when necessary). You complete me. And I celebrate Billy Porter for his bravery, talent, strength and spirit. We bow to you. Just give him all the awards for this final season of Pose too.

Celebrate all queer culture. We’re here. We’re queer or queer allies. Get used to it or get out.

Happy 40th Anniversary Pride Toronto.

Happy Pride my beauties. Stay safe ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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