As we delve into Pride Month 2023, it’s imperative we do not allow the essence of the movement to be drowned out by the boisterous fanfare and flamboyant spectacles that often dominate this period. While these celebrations are integral, representing freedom and authentic self-expression, it is equally important to remember the deeper meaning and profound significance of Pride Month.
The explosion of colors, parades, parties, and costumes that have become synonymous with Pride may be what most people envisage when they think of this time. But Pride is so much more. It is a potent blend of joyous celebration, a poignant cry for freedom, an assembly of an inclusive community, an exploration of self-love, a bold expression of queer sexuality and sensuality, a spotlight on gender euphoria, and the acknowledgement of intersexuality.