Stronger Together: Pride Month

Kyleigh Macedo

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On June 10, 2017, crowds of people took to the streets in Boston to celebrate the 47th annual “Pride Day Parade.”  For the month of June, Gay Pride Month, we should recognize the positive impact LGBTQ individuals have had on history .  

The slogan for this year’s parade was “Stronger Together.” The Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh, said, “The Pride Parade is probably one of the happiest celebrations we have. Everyone is happy, the people watching it, the people in the parade, this is just one of those nice days in Boston — and to show our pride for the LGBTQ community means even more.”

Around 30,000 supporters participated in the two mile parade, starting at Copley Square and ending at City Hall Plaza. The parade had around 40 floats. One of the floats in particular was dedicated to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting.

If you do not know about this tragic event, a 29 year-old terrorist took the life of 49 people and wounded 58 others. This tragedy was labeled the “Deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history.”

Ross Harrington, a dancer who was working at Pulse on the night of the shooting, said, “To go somewhere as far as Boston and see the love and support, it’s such a beautiful feeling. We are here to honor their memory and to keep celebrating love in their honor. They are dancing here with us.”

All over the country, many states are showing ways of celebrating the month of pride.  On Sunday, June 11,2017 , Washington DC had a pride parade. Alex Dyer, an Episcopal priest, was at the parade with his husband and 2-year-old daughter.  He said, “We need to be out here to tell people that God loves them for who they are and who they love.”

There are celebrations all over for pride month to celebrate the positive impact of the LGBTQ community. Don’t forget to support and celebrate the LGBTQ folks right here at home.

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Stronger Together: Pride Month