This article was published on May 22nd, 2018
2018 has been a wild roller coaster year. From politics to sports, the world needs to find common ground and to come together in solidarity. Once a year, at Pride festivals all over the world, everyone can put away their differences and celebrate the community. At LA Pride 2018, the theme is #JUSTBE in celebration of the community and unique individuality that is a woven piece in the tapestry of the LGBTQ family. Togetherness, inclusiveness, and an acknowledgement of everyone’s own original contribution to the community will be the featured elements of LA Pride 2018 #JUSTBE.
Everyone has their drama, happiness, joy, setbacks, successes, pain, victories, heartache, and love. While it is very important to stand up for yourself and be an individual during uncertain times, LA Pride 2018 is making the point with the #JUSTBE campaign that everyone could use a sense of togetherness within the community.
Around gay Pride, in spite of the fact that our community is made up of all the letters within the LGBTQ+ spectrum, it is vitally important to remain and support the other members of the community. Lifting one another up helps foster a sense of togetherness. When everyone is championing the same cause and wants for freedom, love, and peace, the community becomes stronger and better for it.
We each have our own fight for equality, and during Pride, it is important to celebrate being a community and have a feeling of togetherness. #JUSTBE a member of a community that has won more victories in the last 40 years than any other minority group in history. #JUSTBE a part of the movement to gain full visibility to the LGBT community—especially for bisexuals and transgender community members. #JUSTBE a volunteer to combat LGBT youth homelessness.
#JUSTBE an ally for those living in countries where being queer is illegal. #JUSTBE a part of the war against HIV/AIDS by informing people about TaSP and PrEP, getting on them yourself, standing by the poz brothers and sisters, and educating those around you about the status of the fight against the disease. #JUSTBE an advocate for women’s rights, equal pay, and part of the end of the patriarchal society that has oppressed women for centuries.
Together, we can #JUSTBE a community of love, helping one another along the way. Pride should solidify in your mind that you are not alone. We are all in this together. Don’t be afraid to #JUSTBE yourself: you’ve got a family and a community here to help you #JUSTBE.
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