In addition to marching, partying, volunteering and otherwise immersing ourselves in community, Pride Month can also be a time to look inward and reflect on the very notion of pride, and the many ways there are to live with pride. Some of TheBody.com's bloggers, guest contributors and other community members have shared their own Pride Month reflections here.
Reflections and Opinions
How Can You Learn Without Asking Offensive Questions?
By Robert Kingett
The restaurant bustles with activity as my date and I sit opposite each other, talking about ourselves and what we do. ... We're chatting jovially, our laughter dicing holes in conversations around us, making people stop and, I'm sure, stare at this interracial, gay couple.
When the dishes come, we get into the topic of careers. He's a teacher. With a mouth full, and hesitation dotting his syllables like rain, he asks me a very important question.
"If you're blind, how can you be a journalist?"
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What About Black LGBT Pride?
By Patrick Ingram and Justin B. Terry-Smith
Patrick and I had originally discussed doing this project together for Capital Pride. Then I received an email from a Caucasian friend regarding some words we'd exchanged about Black Gay Pride: "I only said what I said because imagine the large uproar if people got together and decided to have a White Gay Pride" -- I was not too happy about his comments. After talking with him, he still didn't know what I meant at all.
So, Patrick and I decided to make another video with people who came to Black Gay Pride, asking them what it really means to them. Hopefully, this would help others, like my friend, to understand that this was not meant to threaten, but to enlighten those who didn't understand why we have a Black Gay Pride. Listening is probably the best thing.
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Sharing the Rainbow
By Shana Cozad
The gay community has always enveloped me, with love, with generosity, with humor and in ways of deeply understanding that no other community of people can or could. I am not gay, yet I have been surrounded by important gay folks my whole life.
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Word on the Street
Generations of Pride: What Does Pride Mean, Then and Now?
Nelson Vergel; Houston, Texas
I first witnessed a Pride parade when I moved to the United States from Venezuela as I was coming out in the early '80s. I could not believe that gay people could be so out in public on one of the main roads in Houston during plain daylight! This was something I could not even imagine in the culture I grew up in.
Little did I know that our pride would be tested beyond a parade when we soon started hearing about gay men dying of a weird disease.
Maria T. Mejia; Miami, Fla.
The meaning of "PRIDE" for me is being proud of who you are and coming to terms with who you are. I believe pride is something we should have all year round (not just a month).
My wife Lisa and I don't go to every Pride parade ... but when we do go it is to be around our community and share and celebrate our love and our friends. It is wonderful to also be in a place where we can hold hands and just be like the normal couple that we are!
Josh Robbins; Nashville, Tenn.
Gosh! I guess I was a latecomer to the Pride party, as I have only been going to a Pride festival in Nashville for the past four years -- I'm 30.
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