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What Does Pride Mean to You?

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The official Pride Week kicked off here in New York City last night with the fourth annual Family Movie Night at Hudson River Park (check out our Snapchat for all the fun!) and our friends at NYC Pride have a packed calendar of events for the week, wrapping up on Sunday, June 26th (coincidentally exactly one year after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling) in what will be New York City’s largest March ever, and I am absolutely honored to be one of this year’s official judges!

And while it’s certainly a celebratory time, I always like asking others what Pride means to them. For some, it’s about honoring the LGBTQIAP history, for others it’s taking pride in who they are. My answer?

Pride to me is where the past, present and future collide. It’s honoring the civil rights movement and remembering those who paved the way, it’s celebrating equality victories and mourning losses of recent events, and it’s raising awareness and support for what we still have to achieve because we still have so, so much left to do. It’s about embracing yourself as a human being, knowing that you are worthy of being loved and living a fulfilled life with the same rights as your straight/binary peers and it’s about extending a loving, supportive hand to those who are still trying to come to terms with that. Pride isn’t a gay thing, or a transgender thing … it’s a human thing. 

We’ll be publishing more Pride-centric content this week and we’ll be covering various events on Snapchat, so if you don’t already follow us, find us @LoveIncMag. And if you’re at the March on Sunday, be sure to be on the lookout for our official Love Inc. Pride Snapchat filter and tell us … what does Pride mean to you? 

Happy Pride, everyone!