So I guess I should have written this earlier.. I guess you could say I’m a really bad lgbt blogger for not posting anything around pride month.. and I guess I am.. I just didn’t have enough to write about.. but I think I may have been to hard on myself.. I am going to write something about my first gaypride ever.
I must tell you.. I’m extremely excited, maybe even a little bit nervous. I have no idea what i’m getting myself into.. and not knowing is usually a bad thing for me. but this time I’m over the moon. I picture this canal pride like a relief almost.. a place where I can be me. A place where everyone is going to be themselves. maybe even a place where you can meet new people, get to know other “gay’s” but most of all, I picture almost everyone being either in the lgbtq+community or loving it
I guess I didn’t plan right, I had no clue where I wanted to go. So me and my group (I should tell you, 3 hard of hearing people, and 2 sight impaired(is that what you call it in English?) people. with three “normal” people) we had to follow one person who knew where we should go. which was kind of a disaster.. picture a kinda large group walking along a big crowd trying to find the right spot. Someone at the back of the line screaming where to go, except for we can’t hear them.. well yeah.. you can picture, it was kind of a chaotic mess.
by the time we got to the place where the canal pride was going to be, it was so crowded that wherever we would stand, you couldn’t really see much…
This meant that I (short as I am) could only see the top half of every boat coming by. I must say, it was kind of underwhelming for me. and I’m not sure if I really want to go again.
So here are my thoughts. I think it is very important to have a pride month, because even though we came this far with the whole understanding and accepting thing. We aren’t there yet.. It is still saver to be straight then to be lgbtq+. Even though it shouldn’t matter, it should be fine to be either way.. In the Netherlands (where I live) people tell me the whole country is accepting and understanding. I don’t think that’s quite true.. they tolerate me.. It’s fine if I like girls.. they just don’t want to see it.. or “you can do whatever you want, just don’t let my kids see”
So yes, I might go to the canal pride again, not necessarily because it was this wonderful amazing, dreamy experience, but because I think we need a pride. We need to show others that we are proud of who we are, and that should be okay. and until I won’t hear in the news about “someone got shot because they are gay” or “this man got kidnapped and manhandled because he is gay” or “lgbtq+ youth is more likely to commit suicide” until I won’t see any of those anymore, we need unfortunately need a gay pride.