This Pride Month We March Differently
It is Pride month and as an LGBTQ+ owned and operated company, we know this month to be one of celebration – honouring our political existences and liberating ourselves through peaceful protests, solidarity and community.
This year, Pride will be reminded of its history. A history where the protests and parades were not peaceful, our community did not feel safe and few people had the courage to stand with us. We will be reminded what it is like to stare prejudice, hate, intolerance and evil in the face. The fear we can cause for simply existing and being ourselves. The moment when enough is enough.
To everyone in the United States and around the world fighting racism, homophobia, transphobia or any type of discrimination: we stand with you.
We stand with BLM.
We stand with Queer POC.
Pride is always colourful, so this Pride should be no exception. Let’s turn our focus to the POC who are actively fighting systems of oppression and support them any way we can. After all, Pride month exists because of riots and protests led by POC who sought to end police brutality.
Let’s be reminded how strong we are when we are unified. After all, it is this unity (and maybe the odd iced coffee) that makes our LGBTQ+ community, and our society, a force to be reckoned with.
We all have a voice and now it’s time to use it.