Robert Breining; Philadelphia, Pa.
After receiving my HIV diagnosis in 2001, I lived in a denial stage for five years. One day, I just said, "Screw it! I can only be the best me that I can be." This not only shifted my thoughts on my HIV status, but also my thoughts about being gay. I discovered that pride is a lot more than just letting the world know you're gay. It is about being proud of who you are and accepting your sexuality.
The purpose of the Pride movement is to remove the feelings of shame or fear that some have about their sexuality or gender identity. It is an event that brings the gay community together to discuss important issues like gay marriage or HIV/AIDS and find out about local events happening in the city. It shows those who attend that they are not alone.
Read all Robert's stages of pride.