While gay rights have been recognized in many countries around the world, it’s still a significant struggle in many others. Religious and conservative nations punish people who are deemed part of the community. It’s even rarer to find places with gay pride celebrations. If there’s none where you live, you might want to plan a trip to places where gay pride is celebrated. Here are some reasons for doing it.
You want to show that you’re an ally
These celebrations aren’t only attended by the LGBT community. Heterosexual people also show they’re an ally by taking part in the festivities. Some people might think that pride celebrations are unnecessary, but as long as discrimination exists, pride needs to happen. If you believe in the same idea, you should travel and take part.
If you’ve attended festivals across the world before, you should include gay pride on the list. From street parades to endless dancing, you will enjoy the time spent being in the celebration. You can forget your problems back home even for a few days while you party with the most fun people in the world.
You will hear stories
You might only think of the parades when you hear about the gay pride. The truth is there are also other activities that help spread awareness against discrimination. Some places have competitions that showcase the skills and talents of the LGBT community. If you wish to know more about what these people are going through, joining the pride is worth it.
You want to send a message
The fight against discrimination and for equal rights shouldn’t only be done by the LGBT community. Everyone who is in favor of it should do something to change the policies. It must also happen across the world. Hence, being in these festivities will help send the message of acceptance and love. You also tell the future generation that it’s wrong to discriminate against others because of their sexual orientation. You can even make a positive impact to the children of gay couples who might also be in the pride. You can tell them how lucky they are to have loving parents and make them realize it’s okay even if they don’t seem to fit the definition of a traditional family.
You recognize progress
While it seems like there’s so much work that needs to be done, we have come a long way. Back then, many people were in the closet and couldn’t reveal their true identity to the world. The fact that thousands of people gather for the gay pride show that more people take pride in who they are. They don’t care about what others say and celebrate their true selves.
Big cities across the world have gay pride celebrations during pride month. Even smaller cities are now organizing these festivities, even beyond the pride month. Start organizing your trip so you won’t miss the activities. You might even decide to attend more pride celebrations in the future.
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