While representation for LGBTQ+ people was all around us for the past month of June, as we settle into thr month of July, it’s important to continue to celebrate queer folks every other day of the year. Pride is important for queer people of all ages because it gives us a time where we can feel free to truly be ourselves. But after interviewing Meredith, a trans-feminine 20 year old living in Toronto, I simultaneously saw the beautiful parts of Pride, and the elements of the international initiative that fell short:
“I think that Pride offers a very necessary and important event in which queer people are celebrated and queerness is celebrated. I’m a little cynical of Pride, but I’m a bitch that lives in Toronto. If you’re some small ass kid from Nebraska, than it’s going to mean a lot more to you. I grew up in a really religious household and that idea of Pride was really important to me in an Orthodox Jewish house. In the same vein, this Pride I felt kind of alienated as a person that struggles with social anxiety and as a person who doesn’t fit normative ideals of queerness.”
It made me wonder: why can’t everyone have a place in an event that’s meant to celebrate all identities? Why does that celebration of queerness have to begin and end within one month? Pride may be gone, but we are here, we are proud, and we deserve to be remembered. So, we decided to walk the streets of Toronto and talk to some LGBTQ+ identifying people about what love means to them.