What does Pride mean to you? Why is it important (especially in today's climate)?

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To me, Pride is having the freedom and ability to openly talk about and celebrate your sexuality and not face any repercussions for doing so. While we've never been 100% there as a society, it saddens me to see some regressions in our current political state. Because of this, I think it's extremely important to support Pride and LGBT rights where and whenever you can.


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For me, Pride means being accepting of everyone, no matter your differences. In today's world (especially here in NYC), people have the power to be whoever they want to be and there should never be a limit to that. It's mad cool we live in a world where we can celebrate that. 


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Pride has many meanings, one being “the best state or condition of something; the prime.” In today’s climate, it is more important than ever to live authentically, freely and openly. This is why the younger generation has coined the phrase, “Living my best life.” After decades of oppression, marginalized groups are finally breaking free. Resultingly, society has been introduced to an abundance of diverse communities that are at their prime in every sector of society; communities that are collectively living their best lives. In this current climate, it is imperative to understand this shift and act accordingly.  


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Pride is being yourself. It is being proud of who you are, what you do, who you love, how you live your life. Pride is a safe place to be expressive and confident. It is a celebration of all walks of life. Today, Pride gatherings are fighting against discrimination and celebrating the LGBTQIA community. Change, acceptance, and inclusion of everyone do not come easily, especially in today's climate. Change starts with us and if we aren't inclusive and celebrating others, equality for all will forever be only a hope.


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Pride is the positive attitude society should have toward the LGBTQ community as a whole. It is the idea that sexual diversity should be recognized and individuals should not be discriminated against due to their sexual identities. Pride is important in society today because even though there has been significant progress toward sexual equality, there are still more steps to be taken in order for members of the LGBTQ community to be celebrated as they should be. 


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What I like about Pride is that it's not just a political movement. Instead, Pride is a celebration, filled with fun, smiles, and people coming together as one. Whenever I see coverage around the world from Pride parades, all I see is jubilation. 

It's important, especially in today's climate, because every marginalized group deserves the chance to speak up and celebrate itself. 


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Pride is the absence of shame, which is part of what makes Pride celebrations so powerful, given that throughout history- and still today- marginalized groups have been taught to feel a sense of shame for who they are. The notion of “pride” having a negative connotation (i.e. one of the “seven deadly sins”) is becoming outdated as Gen Z-ers give it our own meaning as a reaction to this indoctrinated shamefulness. Instead, it takes the opposite meaning for us. That is one that reflects joy and utter indifference towards dissenting opinions. 


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To me, it means accepting and loving everyone for who they are. At the end of the day we all have a lot more similarities than differences. I think it's important to have this mindset today as we progress so much faster as a whole when we solely pour our energy into things that matter instead of focusing on others' lives that aren't ours to focus on.  


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To me, Pride symbolizes being proud of the person that you are, followed by a community of individuals who mutually support each other.