“Pride” was the conversation topic at our last Vancouver Generous Space meeting. We all shared our memories and associations with Pride parades, festivals and events, and while there were some common threads, it struck me how differently we experienced Pride, and I continued to ponder this as I read other Pride reflections online from community members across Canada.
Some of us remember hiding in the corners and at the edges of Pride events, worried about being “outed” or seeing someone we knew. Others of us chose Pride month as our opportunity to come out publicly, and we celebrate this anniversary every year. For many of us, Pride has helped us battle our toxic shame and internalized homophobia, and has been part of our journey to reassert our dignity and belovedness as LGBTQ+ children of God.