In honour of Pride month, a group of women YouTubers have shared what Pride means to them.
Lesbian couple Libby Masters and Brogan O’Grady, who run the channel Bloom, collaborated with their favourite LGBTQ+ YouTubers to open up a conversation about unashamedly being yourself.
“Pride means being able to be completely and authentically myself, completely and authentically bi, no matter who I’m dating,” said Alayna, known as MissFenderr on her LGBT-focused, conversational channel.
The women talked about why Pride important is important to them, mentioning how it allows them to be seen and heard and makes them feel welcomed by a community of people who do not judge them.
Willow Faith, a Canadian YouTuber, identifies as a lesbian and makes videos that focus on LGBTQ+ relationships, such as falling in love and coming out.
“It’s just a big party of awesome, open people,” she said.
Chelsi Madonna’s channel covers everything from makeup to food. She identifies as a lesbian, and for her Pride means that love is everywhere.
“It’s so cool that we’re all able to come together as a community, no matter who you are,” she said.
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LGBT+ YouTuber Megan Dutchy identifies as a bisexual and looks to Pride for a sense of belonging.
“I love how everyone is free to express themselves in a way that they want to without fear of being judged,” she said.
As well as talking about vintage fashion on her channel, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard often shares what it is like to be deaf, disabled and gay. For her, pride means she can live her life freely and still be accepted.
“It means that my wife and I can just live our lives like everyone else,” she said.
Breanne Williamson is a lesbian who publishes challenge videos on YouTube, many of which feature her girlfriend.
According to her, Pride is about “recognising how far we have come as a community, but also acknowledging how far we still need to go.”
The month of June was chosen as Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which began on June 28th, 1969 when LGBT customers resisted a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan.
The riots launched the modern LGBTQ+ movement and prompted the organisation of equality initiatives such as the Gay Liberation Front, which formed immediately after the events at the Stonewall Inn.
Pride month events now take place all over the world to celebrate what the LGBT community has accomplished and recognize the importance of love and acceptance.