It’s already the 21st century and, thankfully, more people are beginning to extend their support to the LGBTQIA+ community, leading to more members of the group freely expressing themselves and proudly telling the world who they are. Although it’s still a long way to go, this kind of milestone is certainly worth all the positive attention, especially while looking at how far we’ve gone.
And just recently, we got together and joined our friends from the LGBTQIA+ community in celebrating Pride Month, an annual joyous occasion which recognizes that all human beings are equally great, regardless if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or whichever you identify as. So let’s all take a moment to appreciate this colorful time and go through some of the lessons that we can learn from this family:
1. Always be proud of who you are.
We can all agree that the best kind of love is self-love A.K.A. being proud of ourselves no matter what our sexual orientation is and not let some kind of label define us as human beings. As long as we’re not hurting others, we should continuously stand tall and wear our confidence badge at all times!
2. It takes courage to fully open up.
Sometimes, what’s happening in our world is designed by society, becoming the norms we’re ought to follow. And because of some “system” that exist, fully opening up our identities and truly revealing who we are take courage as we face whatever those who don’t totally agree might throw at us.
3. Respect and accept each other’s difference.
No two individuals are exactly the same. Although there may be similarities, it’s the opposite that make each person stand out–some of us may find our friends from the LGBTQIA+ community different, but TBH, we all are. So let’s all keep in mind to always respect one another and accept each other’s differences.
4. It’s a colorful world out there.
Rainbow-colored flags and outfits and other eye-candy props are some of the Pride Month celebration’s highlights. Yup, they’re literally everywhere, from various corners of the streets to different social media platforms – they’re not just symbols of how vibrant the LGBTQIA+ community is, but they also serve as reminders of how colorful our world truly is.
5. Love is always beautiful.
As cliché as it may sound, one of the most valuable lessons that we can learn from this community is that love knows no gender, sexual orientation, race, or whatever label there is in this society. As long as it is genuine and the intentions are pure, love is love, and it is always going to be beautiful and never wrong.
Celebrating Pride Month with our friends is not only a great avenue for us to express our support and show some love. It's also a way to pick up valuable lessons that will let us embrace humanity more than ever before. And, honestly, they are not "others;" they are and have always been a part of us.
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