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Pride is weird.

I'm bisexual. I'm not proud of that. There's pretty much nothing to be proud about. I didn't choose to be bisexual, I just am. And yeah, there's nothing wrong with that, but it's not some kind of achievement either. I find it intensely weird to celebrate pride in something I have absolutely no control over.

Having said that, if it makes people happy to be proud of their sexuality and gender identity, then good for them. I support them and I hope they have a great time during pride month. Personally though, I'll be spending it just like any other month, enjoying a fairly quiet life with my girlfriend.
Elegy · 46-50
Back when discussions about gender and sexuality weren't ubiquitous and being in the closet was, pride was in short supply everywhere for those of us not considered the 'norm'. I have no doubt something like that could be lost on someone today. I understand completely but I don't think you're looking at it in the context in which it originated.
dumpstermeow · 41-45, F
I'm straight, but I've always enjoyed the pride parade... ours is tomorrow. It seems like there's just a lot of love going around everywhere and it's a beautiful thing.
@dumpstermeow That’s sweet.🖤
CountScrofula · 41-45, M
Remember at its core, it's a protest and arose out of public scorn and police brutality towards LBGT+ people.
Graylight · 51-55, F
So, St. Patrick's day is off the table? And Columbus Day? National Women's Day?

Some groups celebrate their heritage, some the strides made as a whole toward equality. There was a time someone could be arrested simply for being homosexual - maybe the celebration isn't about being LGBT - it's about more.
RoboChloe · 26-30, F
@Graylight Well, Columbus Day is definitely off the table, but that's beside the point.

History and progress towards equality are the right things to celebrate. And that is a part of what is being celebrated during Pride. But calling it pride just doesn't work for me. I don't feel proud, and I feel left out (much like many lgbt+ people do for many reasons during Pride).
Graylight · 51-55, F
@RoboChloe I know many Italians who'd strongly disagree on that first point.
There’s nothing weird in being proud who you are.

Pride events help support many people in the community and are a good thing whether certain folk like them or not. There’s a choice as whether to attend or not but either way it creates further awareness that no-one is alone and there are others that are like them.
RoboChloe · 26-30, F
@SW-User I think there is. Pride is about being happy with what you've achieved, not with what you were given at the start and couldn't get rid of if you wanted to.

I agree that pride events are [i]generally[/i] good, and helpful. But then when it comes to awareness, I feel a bit uneasy. You have to be careful with how you raise awareness because someone just being [i]aware[/i] of lgbt+ people does not mean that they are supportive. And if there's one negative thing you can say about pride events it's that they're rarely careful.
Wow. Love this. I've always felt it an odd thing to be proud of. I support those who are proud, but I didn't go to any of the parades myself.
@IAmJess I would view it as no we no longer have to hide in shame parade. Origin was in a different time.
@DarkHeaven Well that makes much more sense. 🤗
@IAmJess 🖤🤗😘💋
Cool. I think the concept of pride celebrations came about because previous generations were taught that being gay or bisexual was something to be [b]ashamed[/b] of. So if you’re living your life freely, without having to deal with that, then the struggle has had some social relevance.
I agree, this is a good perspective😊❤
sometimeslonelytoo · 51-55, M
Sounds very sensible to me.
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