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“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”

She said, “’Cause he made you perfect, babe”

“So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far,

Listen to me when I say”

Happy Pride Month to everyone! Welcome to a special month where our lgbtq+ friends rejoice on the rights they fought for years ago. A month when they reflect on the deaths of their allies, who helped them achieve the equality that they are fighting for. A month full of pride for who they are. A month of love and acceptance.

It has been almost a decade when the first Pride March had come to pass. The world back then was black and white, literally, people segregate blacks and whites but then the pride found its way, and brought color and vibrancy to the world.

But as time passes, the essence of the first march had gone astray. The idea of fighting for what is right was replaced by lavish fashion flaunts and became an excuse for easy hook-ups. This isn’t what the first marchers thought when they were marching.

Pride nowadays has become a wagon for clout for business opportunities. It is not bad actually to use Pride in business venture, but you know what’s bad? A business that is homophobic for 11 months of the year and becoming an ally in June. Does this scream hypocrite? If it does not, then I don’t know what it is.

Aside from that, does the fellow lgbtq+ know the importance of Pride Month? Or do they assume this as a hash tag brigade to increase the caption word count or to increase their popularity, wokeness, if you’ll allow.

My dear friends and allies, before we chase after those homophobes who raze the Pride flag, let’s sit and look back on the things that we’ve done in the past Pride month. Ask yourself, is my Pride month celebration meaningful? Or am I just the basic white gay, who lavish on the rights that the elders fought for me?

Let this Pride Month be a month when we reflect on the past for a better future. Pride is about who you are and what you are fighting for. It is not about the scrutiny of the straights but rather to be equal with each other in rights. The experiences and sacrifices of people who fought for your rights in order to be here and heard made up the vibrant colors of the rainbow, the color of Pride. Without them, pride will just remain as one of the 7 deadly sins.

I’m beautiful in my way

‘Cause God makes no mistakes

I’m on the right track, baby

I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret

Just love yourself and you’re set

I’m on the right track, baby

I was born this way – NWI