If you ask 25 people what “pride” means, you’ll get 25 different answers. That’s exactly what we did; to celebrate the amazingly diverse LGBTQ community here in Philadelphia, we queried (queer-ied?) our gay and straight allies to describe “pride” in five words or less. The answers are as varied and interesting as the people who make up this great city. Check out their answers below:
Lisa Schaffer Photography
"Community. Freedom. Love. Reflection.
"Living outloud every day."
Mayor Michael A. Nutter
"Celebrating equal rights for all."
"Visibility for all LGBTQ people."
Rob Del Colle
"Celebrate life with great friends."
"Wishing 'happy pride' to strangers."
"Celebration of my cultural identity."
Out State Representative Brian Sims is throwing his first town hall of his new term, where he will answer questions ranging from what he's done in office over the past year to the work he's got planned down the road. He's there to answer questions, too, so bring some tough ones—particularly those about how he plans pass statewide LGBT anti-discrimination laws and ones that protect the LGBT community from hate crimes. Thursday, February 12th, 6pm-7:30pm, free, Bonnell Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street.
Michael James Cullen
"Drinking, Grindr, drinking, puking, hangover."
"No shame about my life."
"Drunk on street during daytime."
"Leave town and avoid event."
"Confidence or hinderance."
"Loving and being yourself completely."
"Trashy. Sweaty. Not worth it."
"Making the haters eat it."
"Accepting yourself and overcoming obstacles."
"Knowing when to swallow yours."
"Choosing or rejecting your labels."
"Letting it all hang out."
"Lesbians selling ugly rainbow stickers."
"P(ower). R(espect). I(nspiration). D(ignity). E(steem)."
"Separate but equal!"
"Holding hands proudly, without fear."