There has been some controversy as to whether or not PRIDE, the commemoration of historic steps toward the LGBTQ+ community stepping out into the mainstream and the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, is still a current need.
As we celebrate Pride month and host our 2nd annual Pride festival today here in Los Alamos, I’d like to tell you what Pride means to me.
Pride is an affirmation that I live in a supportive community when, even in todays culture, I don’t always find acceptance or tolerance. Pride is a place to learn more about something that makes each of us so fundamentally unique. Pride is a place where, for once, it doesn’t feel like opening my mouth to say something trivial or benign is an act of coming out.
This year I had the honor of helping award scholarships to LGTBQ youth and young adults, and the spectrum of experience that these individuals had related to their sexual identities broadened my horizons, and the various levels of acceptance in their communities and families was astounding to me.
I feel very strongly that it is our duty as a community to band together in support of the LGTBQ+ community, to teach about identity, and to celebrate that we as a community can learn and grow.