I celebrated Pride Month with my friends, for the first time, this year. We've created a community of friends which includes both queer and non-queer folks. We have shared articles and videos to educate ourselves on topics such as sexuality, gender and pronouns. We also discussed therapy for queer folks and how we should teach our children about LGBT+. Our queer friends shared their own personal experiences of coming out. We laughed about certain things that have happened in their lives which are kind of endearing but silly like introducing a friend at the party saying "this is Neha and she is gay". So, the dos and don'ts.
I come from India, which is comparatively a much more conservative country, so commercial movies on LGBT+ communities are often banned, gay marriage is not yet legal, and celebrating Pride Month comes with a lot of backlash. So, I try my best to educate people through social media. I'm also trying to teach my parents. I am glad they try to learn and understand, and I hope I get to celebrate Pride Month some day with them.
For me, Pride means "love is love". It's symbolic of hope and acceptance for who we are. The LGBT+ community has been through a lot, and although we have Pride Month, we should celebrate them every day for their courage, tenacity and willpower. They deserve our respect, love and everything that is good. Each Pride Month, I strive to become a better ally. I have queer friends, so I want to become a better support system for them so that they feel safe.