PRIDE is important because so many still face oppression, because so many are still scared to be themselves when they walk down the street, because so many get kicked out of their homes when they tell their families who they want and are meant to be. That is why PRIDE is still important, and why it is still needed. PRIDE is for the people that are scared to be themselves, to show them that they have a community that will welcome them with open arms and no questions asked. PRIDE is and always will be important.
Same sex marriage is only legal in 29 out of 195 countries (just under 15% of the world)
69 countries have laws that criminalise homosexuality
Transgender people have an average life expectancy of 30-35 (and lower if they are a trans person of colour)
LGBTQ+ members are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide before the age of 25
There is still so much work to be done, this is why PRIDE is still needed and so important. It is exactly what it sounds, it allows people to be proud of who they are, and why shouldn’t we be. After all it takes bravery to be who you want, in a world that is set against you. So have PRIDE, always have PRIDE.
Some quotes from LGBTQ+ society members on why PRIDE is important
“Pride is important to me because it’s the one time of year when the whole community comes together. The one time of year when the LGBTQ+ community can be seen and heard globally. When shops and streets become covered in rainbows and we no longer feel so much like a minority.
There’s nothing better than the feeling of walking in the streets during a pride parade and feeling the power, excitement, happiness and pure joy of people celebrating pride.”
-Olivia, President of the LGBTQ+ Society
“Pride is important to me as it gives me a community of likeminded individuals, and strong people that I admire to surround myself with, which I would like to be for someone else. That is what PRIDE means to me, its strength to be yourself in the face of adversity.”
"Pride makes me recognise and get involved in the community I am a part of and makes me want to explore it more and the history behind it."
"Pride month is important because it shows a unity within our community and those who are allies. The countries that celebrate pride are still protesting to the injustices that still face the many factions of the LGBTQ+ community as well as showing other countries what life can be like ‘out and proud’.
For me, Pride is about living your authentic self without fear of prejudice. However, it can still be scary, but my aim is to make anyone that I meet feel safe enough to be open as to who they are or to ask questions that they need answering."
-Sarah Dykes, First year Vet Phys