Show your pride

Even though LGBTQ+ pride month is over, there are still many Pride events occuring across the country: from Austin to Atlanta to Palm Springs, LGBTQ+ pride is still going strong. Learn more about upcoming Pride Events. My own local community is celebrating Pride this week, with events into the weekend. The first pride events I ever attended were at Fargo-Moorhead Pride in 2015. I’d always been opposed to going to pride because I wasn’t really aware of where Pride came from and why it is so important to our community.

Pride was born out of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Stonewall was a popular gay bar in New York during a time when it was illegal to identify publicly as LGBTQ+. Stonewall was one of the few places were LGBTQ+ folk could genuinely be themselves. Despite this, police still frequently would cause problems for the bar and its patrons. On June 28, 1969, police raided Stonewall, and the community rioted. From this point forward, LGBTQ+ folk began to publicly stand up for their right to be treated fairly and recognized as vital members of our community.Watch this video for a timeline of the Stonewall Riots.

Pride continues this tradition of celebrating our identity and reminding our neighbors that we are here, we are queer, and we aren’t going to back down. Pride is one of the few times in the year when we are able to just be ourselves and see our community engaging with the larger community. Pride does not just celebrate who we are, it honors where we have been, and it inspires us to continue our journey forward.

So the next time you or someone else says “why do we have gay pride, anyway?” Remind them of where we came from, where we are today, and where we hope to go. Let us celebrate our pride together as we gather together to show the world our pride.

Fargo-Moorhead Pride is August 18-21. Visit fmpride.com for information about events. Tune into Darcy’s radio program, Finding Me, at 5pm on 8/17 for a special 2-hour show on LGBTQ+ pride.

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