Editor’s Note: For most queer people the Pride parades celebrated across the world in the month of June are some of the happiest days of the year. It’s fairly easy to see why if you have ever attended a Pride parade. For an entire day your sexuality—something you may have internalized as something wrong, not quite right—is celebrated and explained as a unique high and an awakening of sorts to the real you. It’s the celebratory feeling of acceptance and love and understanding that you don’t have to cram yourself into a specific way to fit in a mosaic of ordinary and normal. Instead, you can fit yourself into an explosive cannon of color that’s uniquely and entirely your own. It’s a day where those who have been told they’re wrong for who they are but it’s that exact difference that makes you, you; a part of you that allows you to see the world from the outside and say, “you know what? I don’t want to be a part of that world, that mosaic, I’m going to reshape it, make it my own and make it better for the people like me.”
That cathartic explosion, that awakening, allows you to control your life in ways you’ve never been believed before. But with the Pride parades canceled this year and safe social distancing being enforced, that feeling of pride may be dampened right now. Along with everything going on in the world right now, it may seem like all the progress, all our battles won, and the spirt of it all is dampened right now. But just because we’re not together, just because we can’t organize, does not mean that spirit is gone. If anything, it reminds us of the struggles of our queer brothers and sisters and their fight for the rights of the people of their time and the future LGBTQ+ people. It is a fight we must continue on. It means, once again, we must fight to keep that spirit alive.