Happy Pride Month! Since this is a month for celebrating, we thought we’d share how some of the Bella authors celebrate pride. From attending parades and festivals to volunteering, our authors have a lot of pride.
Lara Hayes: I celebrate Pride mostly online these days. I have a difficult time with crowds, and Pride is an event that always leaves me feeling conflicted. On the one hand, there are few things better than being surrounded by people with whom you have a shared experience, or outlook, or just being with people who support and celebrate your existence. On the other, I really need my physical space.
What I enjoy most are the parades. I will stand in a crush of people to see all the beautiful rainbow floats, and all the different people in our community marching together, smiling, being proud. Despite having decided years ago that organized religion was no longer something I could participate in, I get misty-eyed when the more accepting churches march. I get choked up over PFLAG too.
But my favorite part of Pride Month is sharing in the exuberance every day on Twitter. Mutuals and total strangers celebrating themselves and each other. I love the memes. I love the hashtags. I love that we live in an age where we can connect with people across the globe, people in living in places where they may not have Pride parades, or it may not be safe to attend them. We can connect with people right in our backyard who may not be out yet, for personal reasons or safety reasons. But wherever you are, however you identify, for the month of June, Twitter will be one big rainbow group hug. And I celebrate you.
: In Florida, pride celebrations begin early with a big, gay beach party over Memorial Weekend. My wife and I enjoy going out to the beach and celebrating during the day in our festive, rainbow attire. In the evenings, we volunteer our time to raise money for a local LGBTQ non-profit organization. Throughout the month of June, we go all out, attending parades, volunteering, and of course, dressing our dog in his rainbow bandana as often as possible.
Catherine Maiorisi: Though I haven’t made every pride march, I’ve been marching since the first official parade. In the early years it was an act of defiance, saying we’re here and we’re proud. Then it became a celebration.
These days my bad back and my wife’s bad knees prevent us from doing the entire parade, but we walk a part of it, then watch the rest. I’m always thrilled by the turnout and the wonderful energy of the marchers and the onlookers. It truly makes me proud every time.
: I usually woman the table for one of the organization’s I volunteer with – Greater New Orleans Now or Forum for Equality. I then participate in our parade.
Heather Rose Jones
: In 2014 I celebrated Pride Month by starting my lesbian history blog. I blogged a publication every day for all of Pride Month that year before settling down to a once-a-week schedule ever since. Going to public Pride events all by myself isn’t much fun so I usually skip them, but we all contribute in our own way. My way is research.
: The past 3 years I’ve worked at a booth for a film festival at Pittsburgh Pride. This will be my first time attending the festivities that I’m not working it! My girlfriend and I will be marching in the parade with a group from the company she works for.
: In Phoenix, AZ, we celebrate in April because in June we would simply melt! The up side is that we’re free to celebrate Pride elsewhere by the time June rolls around.
Louise McBain: These days it’s all about involving the kids. The Capital Pride Parade is on our family calendar as a holiday.
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