Gay Pride: One Human Family

In light of the Supreme Court decision on Friday, this weekend’s Twin Cities Pride events brought the subject of marriage equality to the forefront of debate. As the topic becomes resolved, we can see a tribe of sorts developing within the LGBT community.

I feel like I need to participate in this movement, though I’m out of place. We all are.

This is a momentous occasion. Celebrating marriage equality, without boundaries. Straight and gay couples alike have been waiting for this moment for ages, it seems.

I recently read an article about a straight couple who felt compelled to forestall their marriage until same-sex marriage became accepted. That touched me. Now that the laws have been lifted, it’s a revelation.

There is something to be said about the word, “pride” itself. The Latin root of the word “prūd” has Old English origins. “Pride” and “prude” may be related, in that the terms stipulate a certain comfortability with one’s personal space. While being a “prude” may have negative connotations, I respect the word.

If you have pride, you invite others to take a peek inside your world. You want your neighbors to know who you are, how you feel, and what you love.

The truth about the origin of the word “pride” is not known, but some say it is derived from Late Latin, meaning “advantageous” or “for”, if you isolate the prefix and switch out the “i” for “o”.

The original Old English version of “pride” hints at having an excessive amount of self-esteem. It is interesting to note that this particular word has evolved from a negative connotation into a positive one.

There is a sense of community developing throughout the country, regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriage,.

It’s impossible not to recognize history in the making. Years after the Stonewall riots, transgender equality is finally being achieved. Decades of repression and ostracization (or a few well-placed actresses in Orange is the New Black) to get the point has hit its mark. They’ve finally done it.

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Twin Cities Pride Weekend 2015 via the Star Tribune

While there are many other issues we have yet to tackle as a nation, we have slowly built a bulwark around the perception of differences. In the past we have failed to acknowledge such politically incorrect topics. The facts have been extricated from the equation. Before Friday, the LGBT community was hidden under a veil of shame.

However, there are those who feel differently. A group of protesters, for instance, stormed the Twin Cities Pride Festival to prove their disgust in the movement. While a whole nation is embracing a unified future, these individuals would rather remain fixed on the ideals of the past.

We should appreciate everyone’s opinions, whether they are validated through Supreme Court appeal or not…

Either way, I think this is a step in the right direction.

Think about marriage for a second. I’m not married, and I don’t have any direct intention or goal of getting hitched within the next five years (or more, who knows what’s in the cards). My opinion doesn’t deride the sanctity of union, however.

Two people electing to share their lives together is truly a beautiful thing. It’s humbling think about the level of trust and love that goes into the process of marriage.

We’re one human family. It’s about time we start acting like it.

President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in of 2000 and hopefully we will continue to embrace our differences and love one another for who we are, regardless of who we love.

Featured image via The Bilberico Project.

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