Celebrating Pride with Love

Celebrating Pride with Love

My heart is filled with emotions when I type Pride month on google search and what follows is a shower of LGBTQI+ flags all over my screen. At our just ended camp I remember one question which was posed by one of the participants, whether anyone would wish to be anything else, and the answer was a resounding NO! I would not trade being gay for anything else. I love my gayness in all its rainbow colours. Despite our struggles, the drama we face, we are the most creative, fun, loving and despite all we practice ubuntu whenever we are together or whenever troubles befalls one of us. Hence I am proud to be LGBTQI+

I am emotional as I am writing this morning and reflecting on what this Pride month means to me. It has been a journey for me to get to the point where I could claim myself with pride and accept that this is who I am. There are so many perceptions and weird thoughts that people associate the LGBTQI+ community with, which are so negative, for example being labelled evil, unAfrican and for those of us who believe in a religion, being preached about as unwanted and unloved by a deity we believe in. Then at times we are forced into the gates of worship with someone looking at it as being a solution or a way for you to be healed, not as a way of allowing one to connect to the deity they believe in. As painful as it is and disconnecting from religion as it can be, if you feel connected to a religion and it gives you that sense of wholeness, most religions are rooted on love and I see no sin in falling in love, hence my advice is to immerse yourself in love this pride month, for we are embodied by love as the LGBTQI+ community in all our diversity.