Pride is an incredibly important time for many LGBT people. It is a chance for us to celebrate how far we have come on the road to equality, and reenergise ourselves for the struggles ahead. In a world which often tells us there is something wrong with who we are, it is a time to come together as a community and celebrate our richly diverse identities.
For some, Pride is the only time of the year that we see same-gender couples holding hands. For others, it may be the only time of the year that we see others who look like us. When you have spent the majority of your life being a minority, there is a magic in being amongst people like you and no longer being the “other”. Pride can be a place where you feel like you finally belong.
Understandably, many pride events been cancelled or postponed this year. This has left many in our communities feeling hopeless. In a recent study by LGBT Foundation on the impact of coronavirus on LGBT communities, one person responded:
“Most of the prides have been cancelled […] This makes it extremely hard to have any motivation to work, as all the rewards I work for have been taken away.”
Our sense of Pride comes from our collectiveness, our unity and our resilience. This will never fade away.
#MyPrideIs is our new national LGBT pride campaign to celebrate pride in all its forms - our histories, our love, our families, our communities, our identities, our movement, our rights and more.
We want to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness by reassuring our communities that although we can’t be together physically at the moment, our sense of community will prevail. Our campaign celebrates the rich diversity and shared histories of our communities - giving a voice to those in our communities who have been marginalised and underrepresented for too long.
We are asking you to reflect on what pride means to you, share memories of previous pride events that have played a big role in your life and offer hope and support to others who may be struggling.