Happy Pride Month - Support the LGBTQ Community
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito celebrates PRIDE with the LGBT Community.
June is PRIDE Month, which celebrates and supports the LGBTQ community. And while some don't see the need to dedicate an entire month to a group that now that marriage equality has finally been granted, there are so many other reasons and ways that our community still needs to be supported. General bigotry, fear, hate, and discrimination still exist. The law can (and should) only take us so far. The way to change people's hearts is by allowing them to know people in the community. To let them see who we all are, how we love, and that sex, gender identity, and the many variations that exist are all secondary to the love that just is.
The month of June is dedicated to PRIDE as it celebrates the Stonewall Riots that took place in San Francisco towards the end of the month in 1969. PRIDE typically involves parades and picnics to support dignity and equal rights throughout the community. If you haven't been to a PRIDE event, I cannot recommend them enough. They are such amazing displays of positive energy and a place where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people can come together as a strong social group. Over the years, there have been other letters added to the mix, representing pansexual, ci-gender, etc. The labels, the letters, and the meaning will continue to change and evolve as people become more comfortable with being their most authentic self, and as they experiment with what it means to just be a person on the planet. The community will evolve, and there were be lots of little adjustments and changes along the way. But one thing will always remain...
Love is love. There is the love between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. There are relationships where a straight person falls in love with a married a bisexual, or someone who simply defines as fluid. There is the love between a straight parent, and an LGBTQ child, and visa versa.
All of these loves, and all of the other ones that we all feel, are important and valid. There will always be people who don't understand, who don't like it, and who don't support it.
And there will always be the rest of us; celebrating life and love where ever and how ever we find in. In the month of June, and always...