It’s Pride Weekend in DC. We hope many of you will come out to either march with us in the parade, or just shout your support when we march by. You may help man our booth at the festival, or you may stop by and give us a hug while you enjoy the festivities. Whatever your plans, we hope you have a GREAT weekend.
But at the same time, let’s remember that the deeper meaning of Pride weekend goes beyond the rainbow flag, the parade floats and the entertainers on stage. Pride weekend is about taking that step out of the shadows, and into the limelight. For centuries, gays and lesbian were forced to remain invisible within the larger community, and had a devastating effect on one’s self worth. Those days are mostly gone, and more and more people are living their lives openly and honestly.
Pride weekend is about not being afraid to be who you are. It’s about saying to the world, the community, your family, and most importantly yourself, “this is who I am, and I am good.” Its the weekend to let your true colors show, and shine brightly.
Here at PFLAG, we also believe Pride weekend is the time to showcase our message of love. The message parents, families, and friends can and DO love their gay and lesbian sons and daughters, uncles and aunts, dads and moms, cousins, nephews and nieces, and grandchildren. PFLAG DC will be in the parade again this year, to show those struggling with issues around orientation that there is acceptance and love awaiting them. We’ll be at our booth at the festival to talk one-on-one with anyone who is looking for support, education, information, a referral, or even a simple hug.
We’re proud of all our gay/lesbian family members, and the loving, straight family members who support you.