By: Forest Palmer
As we approach June, the rainbow flags are already being dusted off and the glitter is being stockpiled for one of the most fabulous celebrations of the year: Pride month. For those who may not know, Pride month is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, a time to honor the struggles and triumphs of those who have fought for equality and to celebrate the progress that has been made.
At its core, Pride is a celebration of diversity, acceptance, and love. It's a time to come together as a community and celebrate the unique and beautiful differences that make us who we are. It's a time to remember that love is love, no matter who you are or who you love.
Now, if you're wondering how you can celebrate Pride in Kansas City, fear not! There are plenty of events and activities to partake in. From the Kansas City PrideFest and parade on June 9th-11th, to the Pride Bar Crawl on June 17th, there are plenty of opportunities to come together with like-minded individuals and celebrate all things Pride.
But let's get serious for a moment. Pride is about more than just parties and parades. It's about recognizing the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and working towards a more inclusive and accepting society. It's about standing up for what's right, even when it's difficult.
Unfortunately, there are still many challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community, even in 2023. Discrimination, harassment, and violence are still all too common, and it's up to all of us to stand up against it. That means using our voices to speak out against bigotry and hate, and supporting organizations that are working to make a difference.
So as we gear up for Pride month, let's remember that it's about celebrating love and acceptance, standing up for what's right, and working towards a more inclusive and equitable society for all. Pride month is a time to celebrate the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and honor the progress that has been made, while also recognizing the challenges that still exist. It's a time to come together as a community and show our support for each other.