It’s hard to believe that the first LGBTQ pride event held in San Antonio was only in 2004. Since then, it has evolved to what it is now with over 80 vendors, 100 parade entries, and a three-bar block party on Main Street.
I don’t want to get into an argument as to why Pride exists in the first place. We know why it does. It’s common sense and to those who argue it or see it as being something forced upon you, ignore it. Pride is not meant for you and you have most likely not endured some form of discrimination to know what we go through or have gone through as a community.
With that being said, I’ll keep this blog short and sweet. The following are reasons why I’m celebrating Pride this year. And, I ask you to celebrate with me for these reasons as well.
- I’m celebrating Pride for the LGBTQ students who get bullied in school.
- I’m celebrating Pride for the 49 victims who lost their lives in the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida last year.
- I’m celebrating Pride for the 14 members of the transgender community who have been killed in 2017.
- I’m celebrating Pride for the married LGBTQ couples who might not be entitled to spousal benefits.
As a community, let’s set some goals for the remainder of the year. Let us be kind to each other. Let us love one another. I believe many members of the LGBTQ need to hear this. If we stand together, we won’t have to face discrimination or homophobia alone.
Have a fun and safe Pride celebration, San Antonio!