I did a personal post about Pride on June 1st to kick off the month, but for this post I will be sharing more in-depth resources, a recap of Capital Pride 2018, and fun Pride-related things.
First up, I’ll start with some fun things!
- Here is a list of all Pride Events across the world that are happening this month
- A rundown of all different Pride flags
If you’re looking for outfit inspiration to wear to a Pride event or throughout the month, I’ve found some great clothing and accessories at a variety of price points.
- Tops: Forever 21 Tee, Forever 21 Crop Top, ASOS Sequin Tank, ASOS Fringe Shirt, Topshop Top, WAYF Flouncy Crop, Love Wins Tee, Star Shirt
- Dresses: ASOS Dress, ASOS T Shirt Dress, Nordstrom Maxi, WAYF Sequin Dress, BooHoo Dress, Anthropologie Dress
- Accessories: Forever 21 Shoes, Forever 21 Plus Cardigan, Adidas Pride Sneakers, ASOS Fanny Pack, Rainbow Sunglasses, Proud Hat, Rainbow Clutch, Sunnylife Tote
Dictionary.com has uplifting, inspiring quotes for Pride Month.
On a more serious note, here are some resources for those who want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community:
- A Queer History of the United States
- The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America
- Redefining Realness
- The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up in a Straight Man’s World
- Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America
- The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
- Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
- And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
- Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro
- Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
As we all know, the LGBT+ community often faces the most opposition from religious groups. Here is a collection of links focusing on love and acceptance for you all to embrace and share:
- Human Rights Campaign has a pastor speak on the Bible’s messages about homosexuality
- Website emphasizing the Bible’s teachings of love over hate
- The relationship between Reformed Judaism and the LGBTQ+ community
- Human Rights Campaign delves into various religion’s views on queerness, including this page on Conservative Judaism
- New York Times opinion piece on Islam’s approach to being gay
- Medium article on being gay and Muslim
Capital Pride 2018
On June 9th, Washington, DC held their annual Pride Parade. It was SO much fun to attend! I love seeing people being considerate towards one another, joking around, complimenting Pride outfits, and spreading love. There is such a genuine feeling of love at these events and in queer spaces that I’ve missed since leaving college where I had an easily accessible queer community.
Honestly, one of the best parts of it was being able to go with friends from all walks of life. I had childhood friends, college friends, and a coworker all supporting a beautiful cause and community that I love. It made me so, so incredibly happy! Because yes, Pride has so many amazing parties, but it’s also about the community, the resistance, the history, the self-love and acceptance, and appreciating the allies who love and help us.
I was debating wearing my long rainbow dress from my first Pride post to the parade, but I’m glad I didn’t. I would have had to wear heels with the long dress, and we ended up walking 10 miles across DC and sweat all over our clothes in the 90 degree weather. My simple, short ASOS dress was definitely the right choice (Curve version here)! Pride is about enjoying yourself, so the last thing I want is to be uncomfortable.
I picked up my rainbow tattoos from Tattly in a random Starbucks – they had 6 in the pack so I gave a few to each of my friends. Best snap purchase ever!
Thankfully, DC gets REALLY into Pride, so a lot of local restaurants had special Pride-themed goodies for parade-goers to indulge in. I snagged a rainbow doughnut from Sugar Shack and a rainbow homemade pop tart from Ted’s Bulletin. These were both DELICIOUS and the perfect energy boost after walking so much during the parade.
I hope you all are having a great June and Pride Month!
P.S. The mural that is the backdrop to most of these pictures is “LOVE”; © 2017; Lisa Marie Thalhammer; Commissioned and funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art Building Communities Program. Located in DC Alley Museum: Blagden Alley, 926 N Street rear NW, Washington, DC.