No matter what our age or where we come from, everyone's experience of being LGBT is different. Likewise, we each have our own distinct relationship to annual Pride celebrations -- and the notion of Pride itself. For some, a Pride parade was the first time they felt comfortable being themselves as LGBT people. Others find Pride events alienating, and prefer to cultivate pride in close-knit community groups.
We asked LGBT people of all ages, throughout the U.S., what Pride means to them today -- and what it meant to their own generation at the time they first became aware that Pride celebrations existed. Feel free to share your own experience -- or your generation's -- in the Comments section of this page.