I’ve been going to the pride parade for 5 years now. And every year I always get asked “Why do you go to that? You’re straight?” in some variation or another.
Yes. I am straight. And, yes I identify as a female. And more importantly, I am also an ally.
An ally by definition is “to join (yourself) with another person, group, etc., in order to get or give support.”
I go to the pride parade each year to stand with my friends and family that identify themselves as LGBTQA.
I go to the pride parade to mourn the loss of 49 beautiful souls that were taken too early in the Orlando Pulse mass shooting.
I go to the pride parade to witness love. Never have I ever seen so many smiling, welcoming people in New York City than I have last week. It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter what you do. For one day it’s one giant party of people that have let go of any restraints and that are just having fun and loving on one another.
I go to the pride parade to see companies that I want to align with. Companies that are not only supporting the LGBTQA community but that are also supporting their diverse employees.
I go to pride because I believe that love has no labels. And because I support everyone in their pursuit of happiness, love, and identity.