Celebrating the Rainbow: Why Pride Month Matters!

Celebrating the Rainbow: Why Pride Month Matters! June 1, 2023

In a divisive, often harsh world that tries to mold us, or force us into conformity, Pride month stands as an important symbol of the beauty and diversity that exists within the LGBTQ+ community. I believe it is crucial to recognize the significance of Pride month and the positive impact it has on individuals, families, and society.

But why?

A Celebration of Identity:

Pride month provides an empowering space for LGBTQ+ individuals to embrace their authentic selves. It allows them to honor their unique identities and find solace in a community that understands and accepts them. By celebrating Pride, we affirm the intrinsic value of every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is a reminder that diversity is a gift to be cherished, as it enriches our lives and broadens our perspectives.

Historical Reflection:

Pride month traces its roots back to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history when marginalized communities fought back against systemic oppression. It’s been 54 years, but that systemic oppression continues and, in many cases, especially for our transgender siblings, it is increasing. By commemorating Pride, we honor the bravery and resilience of those who paved the way for the rights and freedoms many enjoy today, and those who continue to fight today for basic survival. Pride is a chance to stand up, express unconditional love, and remind the world that we have always been here, and we always will be.


Celebrating Pride fosters visibility, creates an opportunity to challenge stereotypes, dispels misconceptions, and builds bridges of understanding. It allows allies and society at large to witness the love, resilience, and contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals. Pride celebrations promote acceptance and creates a space where everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can feel seen, heard, and celebrated.


For many, Pride month serves as a lifeline to provide support and community during times of struggle and isolation. It stands for justice, that no one should face discrimination or rejection for their authentic selves. Pride events, parades, and gatherings offer a sense of belonging and connectedness, helping individuals build networks of support, foster friendships, and find the encouragement needed to navigate life’s challenges.

Advocacy and Solidarity:

Pride month is an opportunity for allies to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. It is a time to educate ourselves and advocate for equality and justice. When we actively participate in Pride events, we demonstrate our commitment to build a more inclusive society, free from discrimination and prejudice. For allies, it is a place to stand up and speak up in their own communities—to come alongside in solidarity, stand behind in support, and stand in front of our precious LGBTQ+ family and friends to take some of the arrows that come their way.

As we begin Pride month, let us remember that celebrating LGBTQ+ is an affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. It is a call to reject discrimination, challenge stereotypes, and embrace love in all its diverse forms. By standing together, hand in hand, we create a community, a chosen family where every person is celebrated, accepted, and loved for who they truly are.

Remember, love is love is love is love, and Pride is a testament to the enduring power of inclusive, unconditional love.

Happy Pride Month! Celebrate well!

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