Updated: Jul 21, 2020
For my first post, I wanted to recognize this month of June. It is a beautiful month in celebration of Marsha P. Johnson, a Black Trans woman, who was amongst many other brave people during the Stonewall Riots. This is a month to acknowledge the bravery throughout all people within the LGBTQ+ community and to acknowledge the courageous fight on equality for all.
Below, I will share what Pride means to me and within our art. While writing this, it was helpful to feel like my voice was being heard. We have the power to inspire many and to make the change that is needed. I hope this will allow others to share what Pride means to them as well!
"Pride to me is a celebration of being able to express your true, authentic self. During the month of June, we are reminded of the brave and powerful people who have forever shaped our history within the LGBTQ+ community. Within our art, I find that expression of oneself becomes most present within each of us when we are all treated as equals. Being a gay woman in the dance community, I find that it is needed to have such a platform of knowing that we are not alone. Pride is ultimately about celebration; Pride is within us all. Within these times and hopeful change ahead, I believe that with being a gay woman in the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to be heard and seen transparently. Pride is beautiful and is a focus on fighting for equality within all people. I am wanting to shine a light on all the beautiful, strong, and talented queer women in our community."
In these times of continuing to fight for equality, being amongst a beautiful community is truly inspirational!