Pride 2017

To be in an incredibly elated environment full of love and acceptance is undoubtedly heartwarming. 

I must say I'm so proud of the LGBTQIA community who has taken such bold steps in spreading awareness. This community has come a long way in 30 years, 10 years, and even 5! This past week concluded pride month and was also the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in NYC. In which members of the gay community spontaneously revolted in violent demonstrations against a police raid on the morning of June 28, 1969 - stimulating the gay rights movement. In 2016, President Obama designated the site where the riots took place as a National Monument for gay and human rights. 

The past fear-inducing 6 months have thoroughly impacted the gay community in which we've become more politically savvy. Since January 2017, the gay and human rights communities have resisted. More than ever, I have seen people march, protest, and speak out towards hate and discrimination. This tenacious community has never been more united and I truly feel our alliance getting stronger by the day! From one hug, to a high five, to a congratulatory cheer - I've experience it and it's radical. 

Pride is in us all and you know the best part about it? We are so free and proud to admit it! We free the nipples, dress in drag, and pile rainbows all over our bodies to be as expressive as we want and showcase our pride in any way, shape, or form we please.

The opportunity to dress in a way that best articulates my character and individuality (hence this blog). Live in a world where I can love who I choose to love and marry whomever I please. To be accepted as equals, therefore, I can walk down any street in America holding my girlfriend's hand and feel safe. That is what pride means to me. 

XOXO, Vanks