What does Pride mean to you?
Pride means being able to be truly proud of who I am, and who I have become despite the obstacles society put in front of me and my community. It doesn’t seem like very long ago that I felt the need to hide who I really was for fear of being marginalized, ridiculed or even rejected. Thankfully, today the landscape looks incredibly different, however the unfortunate thing about gaining acceptance and equality is the ultimate fact that you had to live through a period where acceptance was the exception, not the rule.
For years, in my community, on the news, at work, members of the LGBTQ2+ community had to listen to arguments that debated their rights and freedoms, knowing that the outcome of those arguments would have great consequences on not only our happiness, but our survival. This challenge continues today and so does the fight to ensure that our LGBTQ2+ youth feel supported and nurtured. Recent studies tell us that 65 per cent of young LGBTQ2+ members consider suicide as an alternative to coming out. Imagine for a moment, a world where you consider ending your life as an alternative to being your authentic self. This needs to change... We can change this!