Pride (In the Name of Love)

Pride

There is a big difference between having pride in one’s self and having confidence and a wholly other thing to be conceited and arrogant.  LGBT Pride is a matter of having confidence in who you honestly and sincerely are as a whole person.  It is the presence you have that you are not afraid of being true to yourself. It is a presence that you will not bend or break in the face of persecution or discrimination.

Some may claim it is a weapon or an attack or assault on Christian values or Christian sensibilities. Some may claim it is an in-your-face insult to morality and Conservatives.  The truth is, LGBT Pride is not about them… it is about YOU.  It is about your confidence in being truthful and honest and sincere. It is about not being afraid of who you are. It is about having courage to face people that would hate you for who you are and who you love. It is a message you can carry and display to others that lets them know you will not tolerate hatred or bigotry or discrimination.  It is a message that love has no walls or boundaries or limitations among mature, consenting people committed to each other’s whole well-being.

If people feel threatened by LGBT Pride, perhaps it is because they do not understand what it means to be a member of the LGBT community.  Perhaps they themselves carry with them homophobia or transphobia.  Perhaps they are afraid or unwilling to get to know us as people rather than labels and stereotypes or myths.  If you carry yourself with confidence, take it with you and make the effort to let folks know, you are a human being, a real person– a real loving, mature, compassionate person.

LGBT Pride is a not a sin.  It is a necessity.

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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