What the Heck is Pride Anyway?

For those living under a rock (or maybe just very distracted by TikTok), Pride is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and their fight for equal rights. It’s a colorful blend of protest, party, and parade. But mostly, it’s a declaration that love is love, and everyone deserves to be their authentic self. Simple as that.

Pride Festival is an exuberant, vivacious celebration of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and others) community. It’s a time to recognize the vast achievements and history of this community, while also advocating for equal rights and acceptance. But it’s not all serious business; Pride is known for its riot of colors, amazing parades, flamboyant outfits, and, of course, a sense of community and belonging that is as warm as a group hug.

The origins of Pride trace back to the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, New York City. This event, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, is widely considered the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. To commemorate this event, Pride Month is celebrated every June, though Pride events can be found throughout the year across the globe.

In essence, Pride is a glorious mix of protest, party, and a whole lot of love. Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, an ally, or someone simply looking to understand, Pride is a beautiful reminder that love is love, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The OUTFIT (or, how to outshine a literal rainbow)

  • The Classic Rainbow: Pride Outfits are supposed to be shine and glamourous. When in doubt, deck yourself out in the entire ROYGBIV spectrum. Clothes, shoes, accessories – you can’t go wrong. Just don’t be surprised if you’re occasionally used as a human sundial.
  • Glitter Everything: Shine brighter than your ex’s future. Glitter beards, glitter eyeshadow, glitter hair. Heck, sneeze and make it glitter. Just remember: eco-friendly glitter, because we love Mother Earth as much as we love drama.
  • Statement Tees: “Love is Love”, “Born This Way”, “Straight Outta the Closet”. Let your shirt do the talking, especially if your mouth is occupied with a rainbow popsicle.
  • Drag-tastic: Who doesn’t love a good drag? Embrace exaggerated makeup, wigs, and the highest heels you can strut in without face-planting.
  • Rave Party: Rave Clothing can be a different option for you that is tired of the Rainbow outfit. Usually rave gears have different colors and style, still it will help your outfit to be unique.

Pride Must-Haves

  • Sunscreen: Yes, darling, those UV rays are as real as the haters, and you need protection against both.
  • Hydration: Between the dancing, the excitement, and the (probably) alcohol, you’re going to get thirsty. Bring water. Hydrate like your social life depends on it.
  • Portable Charger: Because how else will you capture every Insta-worthy moment or find that cutie you met at the parade on social media later?
  • Cash: Many stalls and bars at Pride events prefer cash. Also handy for tipping fabulous drag performers!

Things to Remember

  • Consent: Just because it’s a festival celebrating love and connection doesn’t mean you can touch anyone without their clear consent. Ask before you hug, kiss, or glitter-bomb!
  • Pride is for Everyone: Whether you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, everyone is welcome. Just respect, support, and maybe share your glitter.
  • Stay Safe: Look after your belongings, be aware of your alcohol intake, and remember – it’s okay to decline that seventh tequila shot.

The Actual “Event-ing”

Pride isn’t just about the parade. It’s packed with events, from concerts and drag shows to workshops and community gatherings. Check the local schedule and get involved. Just remember – while it’s all fun and games, the underlying message is one of acceptance and rights. So, wave that flag high, dance like everyone (and no one) is watching, and let your true colors shine!

At the End

In the swirling, sparkling world of Pride, the biggest thing to remember is this: It’s a celebration of authenticity, love, and the freedom to be oneself. Dress up or down, sing, dance, laugh, and maybe cry a little. But most importantly, be YOU – because that’s what Pride is all about. And if you can blind a few haters with your dazzlingly glittery outfit along the way? Well, that’s just a bonus.