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Keeping Hope During LGBTQ+ Pride

Updated: Nov 16, 2023


It's 2023, and many factions are wanting to keep the queer (LBTQIA+) community repressed and in fear, not just in the United States but all over the world. In Italy, new surrogacy and adoption laws are ripping our families apart. Scotland and England are at odds when it comes to protecting trans rights - FYI, it is Scotland's progressive protections that are being rebuked. And I don't need to repeat any of the other atrocities against our community that have increased even in the "safest" of countries. Through all of this, we are resilient. Some may say the time is now to be even more present, steadfast, and get into "good trouble" since the rainbow wave continues to be more robust than ever.


In our home state of Georgia, PRIDE is celebrated all year round, particularly in June, September, and October. I can't think of a better way to cope than community and celebration. There are many ways to enjoy Pride - donating your energy and resources to causes that directly support our community, attending events (local or making a trip out of it) like festivals or workshops, OR, my favorite, hosting a community gathering. Big or small, any way you celebrate that supports others and builds community will make an impact.


Photo of Stonewall Inn, which sparked riots and protests based on Police raid in the 1969
Stonewall Inn NYC, New York, USA. Photo credit: Matthew McDermott

Historical LGBTQ+ Focused Events

National Pride Month is in June, honoring the historical milestones of the LGBTQ+ community. You can find art shows, protests, poetry readings, and lots of dancing in Georgia and worldwide.


Identities within Identities

The layers of identities within the queer population are so multi-faceted and varied, which makes the community widespread and encompassing. But most Pride events still cater to and/or are led by cis-gendered, white members of the community. The Atlanta Black Pride, held over Labor Day weekend, holds a space for advocacy, art, and events meant to honor the significance LGBTQ African-American leaders and culture have had. It's definitely not to be missed as the largest of such events in the world. Luckily, Pride events are becoming more diverse as society continues to evolve and become more inclusive, and more families are happy to share their pride unapologetically.


Three black and brown raised fists in front of the inclusive LGBTQ+ Pride flag.
Photo credit: Outgeorgia.org

Celebrate with Millions of Others

Atlanta, GA, is known around the South, and the country, for having one of the most thriving queer populations. Centered around National Coming Out Day, The ATL Pride Festival and Parade are held in October. Millions attend the weekend-long celebration held in Piedmont Park, but there are many other events throughout the month, like Out On Film and the Youth Pride Summit & Festival. Savannah, GA, also hosts their Pride celebration in October (It's just TOO hot in June, y'all) with two evenings of shows, parades, and general merriment.


Ensuring the Youth are Accounted For

Providing safe, educational spaces and support for our youngest LGTBQAI+ family and community members has become even more necessary. From inclusive Proms to Youth Summits, highlighting resources for those under 25 has become a given. 2023 has become "The Year of the Youth," and we owe them our ears, wisdom, and hugs.


Five teenagers of different races done rainbow gear at Pride event.
Youth attending Knoxville, TN, USA Pride Parade. Photo credit: Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel

Continuing to Keep the Hope Alive

At this year's Pride events, I saw more interracial couples, families, and friends enjoying each other's company in a safe and friendly environment. Seeing the little displays of connection and community made my heart smile. Even hosting a neighborhood mixer in our front yard created a place for families and youth to share stories, meet new faces, and have fun! Like many of us, Pride events have always held a special place through my coming out journey. Exposing Arlo to the most diverse experiences has always been crucial to his development and understanding of the world, and the nuanced cultures of the LGBTQAI+ community shine when provided the support to do so. Together, we can make anything happen for ourselves and our community.

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