7 LGBTQ Millennials On What Pride Means To Them This Year

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June is Pride month because in 1969 a group of queer people — led by trans women of color and lesbians — fought back after suffering years of abuse from the police. On June 28 of that year, police raided the gay club Stonewall in the gay neighborhood of Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. Some of the drag queens and trans women who were kicked out of the bar responded by giving the police exaggerated salutes and putting on a little performance for the growing crowd. But when other gender-nonconforming patrons were ordered into police cars to be booked, the crowd responded by throwing bottles and coins at the police. The unrest spread into the surrounding streets, transforming into a riot — and the modern queer rights movement was born.

It’s an important, beautiful, hard history — and it’s one that we all should remember and pay tribute to every year. But one of the few things that Pride celebrations these days have in common with that riot at Stonewall is drag queens and trans women performing for the crowd. These days, Pride isn’t a riot; it’s a celebration — of our queerness; our fabulousness; our right to be out and proud of who we are. In Pride celebrations across the country, you’ll see a range of queerness, from drag queens who are six feet, seven inches tall in their heels and wigs to leather daddies in assless chaps to lesbian moms marching with their kids.

Personally, I always cry at Pride parades. Every. Single. Time. There’s something so beautiful and heartening and overwhelming about people who have been treated so badly for so long literally taking to the streets and saying “Screw your hate. Screw your stereotypes and screw everything you think about who I am. This is me and I love me.”

But I’m just one Millennial bisexual woman. Obviously I wasn’t and none of my peers were alive during that time, but we’ve all benefited from the bold moves those humans took in 1969. I was curious to know — What do other queer Millennials think of Pride in 2017, nearly 50 years after the riot at Stonewall? Here’s what seven told me.

1Jasmine, 30: Grown-Ass Woman & Tomboy Femme Dyke

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2Kae, 28: Agender, Queer

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3Nina, 24: Female, Bisexual

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4Jake, 32: Cismale (Presenting, But Really More Genderfluid), Bisexual/Queer

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5Suzannah, 26: Non-binary, Female, I Don't Identify With A Sexual Orientation

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6Dylan, 33: Male, Queer

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7Sebastian, 22: Non-binary Transgender Man, Pansexual/Polyamorous

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As you can see, Pride means so many things to members of the queer community — and there's certainly not one way to show your support for equality either.