When I came out back in 2001, it was just a few weeks before my birthday and it was right after I went to my first Kansas City Gay Pride festival downtown. It’s amazing to think that so much has changed culturally in the last 15 years, most for the better.
June is one of the most exciting months of the year for the LGBT community, and it is our duty as a community of minorities to know our history and be educated about what took place before us. Those who do are the ones who can, have, and continue to shape our future for the better.
Over the years, the term pride seems to have lost its way, and with a crucial election looming closer, it’s time to reclaim it.
From many legal battles for equality to the constant struggles of LGBT youth trying to find their way, we are a family – a pride of lions. We are a strong and courageous people who laugh in the face of our tormentors. A pride of lions is not a clique, but it is all of us coming together to face what will undoubtedly be stronger challenges ahead. As long as we remember where we came from and where we started, we can continue to grow as a pride together.
Kansas City, Mo.