BY EMMA MURPHY
Originally posted on the blog Mainstream Queen
Sometimes people, even those in the LGBTQ+ community, will question why we need Pride in 2017 in Western countries.
I would argue that Pride is essential to society. There’s much more to it than costumes, face paint and rainbow cakes, although I’ll be the first person to admit that I also enjoy that part of Pride.
How Pride helps you
When you march through your city, surrounded by your queer brothers and sisters and non-binary siblings, you feel a sense of solidarity in your soul. There are people cheering you on from the sidelines, children waving rainbow flags at you as you pass and old people smiling politely (even if they would like you to keep the noise down).
Yes, there will always be some asshats but hopefully, the sheer volume of Pride attendees will discourage them.
How Pride helps other people
In summary, Pride is about standing up for your rights, the rights of your friends and family and the rights of the LGBTQ community as a whole, because human rights are non-negotiable, no matter where in the world you live.
The first gay pride was a literal riot; born out of a need to exist without persecution. We should always remember that because no matter how far we’ve come, we still have a long way to go.