It is a time to celebrate — come what may — our relationships and our families (biological and logical).
Pride is a time to wonder at the distance we’ve travelled and give thanks for where we are now today, and remind ourselves to never take it for granted. It is a time to reflect and wave goodbye to our beautiful brothers and sisters we left behind, in particular to many we’ve lost to homophobic and transphobic violence and the devastation of AIDS.
Pride is the history of LGBT+ liberation writ large. It is our story, the story of a rainbow society finding its voice, its agency, and marching with urgency and glamour to its rightful place at the centre of society. And in the process, hopefully liberating all in its wake.
It’s good to remember that the queens and trans men and women of the Stonewall Inn were dancing together and having a good time (all of which was deemed both taboo and illegal in 1960’s USA) when they were so rudely interrupted by the police. People’s pent up anger and resentment fissured. Nothing would ever be the same again.
The sexual and gender liberation movement has been founded on people finding their voice and saying: ‘Enough! This is who I am! Look at us and marvel at who we are!’ Government, religion, business and civic society may have put innumerable obstacles in our way along our journey of self-discovery but we were given hope and direction by people -ordinary men and women being extraordinary, laying down signposts.
Marvel at our journey.
Curator of the Irish Queer Archive