What Does Pride Mean To You?
What does Pride mean in the context of 2019? On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we’re taking stock of half a century of work by the queer community (and its allies) toward equality. Since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, we’ve legalized gay marriage, passed numerous pieces of legislation to further gay rights, and sworn in dozens of queer politicians to positions across the country where they’re making waves of progress. Last week, the NYPD even went so far as to apologize for the raid that catalyzed the riots themselves. But our celebration comes on the condition that our work is not yet done — particularly now in the interest of queer people of color, trans, and gender queer persons — and we can’t forget that the term Pride must always be synonymous with a commitment to intersectional Pride. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “No one is free until we are all free.”
In the spirit of diversifying perspectives, we handed the mic over to four members of the Milk community to find out how they are defining (and re-defining) Pride in 2019. Ahead, hear from rapper Precious, drag artist Serena Tea, tooth gem artist Dorian Ferrer, and makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez. Add your own voice by commenting on our Instagram post.
“Pride means love, pride means self-respect, pride is like a rainbow. You see a rainbow in the sky and a rainbow has no limits— you don’t know when and where it starts and where it ends. So that’s what pride means to me: no limitations, no looking back.”
“I would say to the younger generation that time is your best friend. Listen to those voices that are telling you to become you, even though they may go against what people are telling you. And the more you do that, the brighter you’ll become. People are attracted to diamonds.”
“The way that I am my most authentic self is by doing whatever the fuck I feel like doing. I was a really weird, kid, and I stayed weird, so that’s my advice — if you’re fucking weird, just rock with it. Don’t lose yourself. Don’t try to become other people, just stay you.”
“Pride is an everyday thing, it’s not necessarily a month or a day — it’s a constant conversation.”
“Pride, to me, means respecting and loving who you are, where you come from, being okay with the layers that it comes with, accepting the adversities that you face, and being prideful for those things and acknowledging that they’re a part of your journey. And I think it’s about not being afraid to ask for what you want, not being afraid to demand what you want, just like everyone else. You have to value yourself as much as the person next to you. Part of Pride is acknowledging that you’re worth everything and more.”
Stay tuned to Milk for more Pride coverage.