Who do you bring to Pride? Do you share the day just with other LGBT friends? Have you brought a parent before? What about a co-worker?
Usually I go with the fellow gays and call it a day. Sometimes I’ll put the parade goers down for a nap and then pop out on Pride night with another gaggle of friends. I’ve never really gone out of my way to invite someone to Pride. I mean, it’s a public thing. Anyone can come, right?
But what if we went out of our way next year and asked someone to go, someone that may be waiting for an invitation. May it help them come out or may it help them feel that they are part of something bigger. Let’s face it we know it feels wonderful to be a part of a family.
We can flash back to Houston Pride to see a perfect example of what I am talking about.
Angel is a 6’4”, makeup-wearing, nineteen year-old gay boy from El Paso, Texas. As you can imagine, his life hasn’t been easy. So we decided to surprise him with his own float in the Houston Gay Pride Parade. – wickydkewl
Thanks Carmen Carrera, Alaska Thunderfuck, Davey Wavey, and PURE for men for making this happen for Angel.
Maybe next year’s Pride theme should be “Spread The Love” and we all should be challenged to bring someone new to Pride, someone new to join our family, may they be an ally or someone that needs that simple invite to come out and shine.