We Should All Celebrate Pride

There’s been this little thingie happening over the last month:


Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian banners for freedom and love in Istanbul pride. Source:  @omerakpinar

Turkish, Kurdish and Armenian banners for freedom and love in Istanbul pride. Source: @omerakpinar

Once referred to as Gay Pride, chopping off that first word makes it more inclusive, and it’s only right since the parades and festivals have brought together people of every predilection and walk of life for years now, not just gay men.

Whatever you want to call it, it’s kept me busy with rainbow feather scarves and sun-soaked femmes galore, but today I’m much more clear-headed, my joons.

On the theme of Pride, the idea that I come to you with today is a kind of mantra:

“I am worthy, you are worthy.”

Don’t ask where it came from; do ask what it means.

Initially, Pride parades were an act of solidarity and resistance among gay and transgender men in an oppressive environment. In many places, the celebrations still fit this bill, as evidenced by the beating visited upon a Detroit man during his city’s Pride festival.

But in places where things have relaxed a little, a sense of worthiness prevails — so much so that some people don’t even feel the need to go to Pride celebrations: this was the first one I’ve gone to in a few years, myself.

But our fellows who face violence at their parades — or who can’t even safely be out at all, such as those in our very own Islamic Republic of Iran — are worthy of more than that.

Iranian LGBT group at Pride march in Istanbul via @TurkishIranian

Iranian LGBT group at Pride march in Istanbul via @TurkishIranian

I think it’s up to those of us who are lucky to do what we can to support our less fortunate fellows. Ultimately, it’s their journey toward peaceful coexistence with those who don’t understand them; but showing them that they are worthy of that is some of the best help we can offer them.

Worthiness is in all of us,

but I believe those who have embraced their own worth show it through humility, a sense of calm about them, and confidence — which is not the opposite of the first two qualities. Confidence to shine in your own skin is the ultimate display of worthiness: you KNOW you are a blessing to this world, and you rock it!

The author Marianne Williamson writes,

“It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”


I believe that joonies of all sexualities, gender identities, and walks of life can lose their fear or their light. Best of all, we can help each other to lose that fear. Here’s how: When I say that I am worthy, you say that you are worthy. Ready?

I am worthy.




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