Northwest shows a different type of pride

Viking pride takes a seat on the sidelines when LGBTQ+ events come to Greensboro

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Greensboro Pride celebrates acceptance for all.

Drag queens, food trucks, speakers blasting LGBT anthems and most importantly, an atmosphere of love and acceptance. This is what makes a pride event different from your average Greensboro festival.

The LGBTQ+ community has never truly been accepted. Discrimination against the queer community is prevalent, even in 2019. I have experienced homophobia throughout my high school career, as have many other students at Northwest. However, at Pride events, like the one Greensboro held on Sept. 15, everyone feels at home. 

“Pride makes me feel confident,” junior Taylor Yasaki said, “It makes me feel more secure with being different.”

(Pride is) a place of celebration and freedom, because it’s a place of safety for the LGBTQ community.”

— Madeline Galyon

Pride means having confidence in being yourself. It’s persevering despite the hate in our world. Trying to find a welcoming space can be difficult, especially for queer teenagers. 

“(Pride is) a place of celebration and freedom, because it’s a place of safety for the LGBTQ community,” said sophomore Madeline Galyon.

However, pride isn’t just for queer people. It’s for everyone who supports the community. 

“Pride makes me feel really good. There’s always going to be people who hate, so it’s nice to be in such a welcoming place,” junior Ben Ramsey said, reflecting on why he loves attending pride year after year.

This was my third year going to Greensboro Pride, and one thing the organizers stressed this year was making the event more inclusive. Pride isn’t about only expressing overt sexuality. For some people it’s just about being comfortable in your own skin. 

“It’s very inviting,” sophomore Jakob DeDona said.

This year was bigger and better. On one end you had fabulous drag queens dressed in rainbows from head-to-toe, but on the other end, the goal was family-friendly inclusivity, with face painting and even a massive bouncy castle.

According to the Human Rights Campaign in 2018, Greensboro is the most LGBT friendly city in North Carolina, and the annual pride celebration is certainly a large part of that.

“I feel completely at home here,” Yasaki said.