WHY WE MARCH IN PRIDE
WE ASKED OUR COMMUNITY WHY THEY MARCH IN PRIDE
THESE ARE OUR
 STORIES
L
Seattle, WA

Why I March in Pride - I Won’t Erase Myself for Your Convenience

 

I march because my queerness upset my straight-identified partners and friends. I march because I was sidelined by my lesbian and gay “friends” for not being “queer enough.” I march because I’m more than the sum of your desires.

 

I march because I’m #StillBisexual. I march because I want bisexuality to be visible from space. I march because I’m bi4bi. I march because I get to define myself.

 

I march because nonbinary representation is critical in our bisexual movement. I march because I will be seen, I will be heard, and I will not be quiet. I will demand your attention. I will not be erased, misgendered, or rounded up to anything. I march because I will not erase myself to make you more comfortable.

Amber
Redmond, WA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I came out to my mom in September 2016. I only count that as the official date because whenever I tried to explain to her, years before, that I was bisexual, she would shrug it off and say things like "bisexuality doesn't exist; you can only be one or the other" or "bisexual people are just sex-hungry and incapable of being in a committed relationship". I stopped trying to explain myself to her for a few years and I moved here to Seattle. But that September of 2016, I finally mustered up the gall to write my mom a very long explanation of my sexuality. When she finally responded, she apologized profusely and said that she was ashamed that she ever told me those things. She even wrote a paper in one of her college classes about common misconceptions and stereotypes of bisexual people; THAT really surprised me. When I gained my mom's understanding and acceptance, I felt like I could finally be myself. June 2017 was the first time I ever marched in any kind of PRIDE parade, and Seattle's festivities are massive compared to my hometown's. That day, I was beyond happy. I finally felt like myself and I was surrounded with so many beautiful, supportive people. I want every person to be able to feel like themselves because no one should have to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. That is why I March in PRIDE.

Shanti
Seattle, WA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE - WHY I FIGHT FOR BISEXUALS

 

For the teenage girl in the pride crowd who shyly revealed the bisexual pride colors she had painted on the back of her hand, and then covered it back up with a smile.

For the bisexual woman who came up to me during the parade who identifies as a lesbian, too scared to tell people she is actually bisexual because she has known lesbians in the past who rejected bisexual partners for fear of being left for a man.

For the teenager I was – too afraid to come out to friends because I thought they’d see me as just trying to get attention or being too trendy.

For the college woman I was – too afraid to come out after Matthew Sheppard died from injuries less than 100 miles from my hometown, brutally murdered in a hate crime for being gay.

For the adult I am – too afraid to be fully out to everyone I meet because I have been oversexualized by straight cis men, and told I don’t matter, exist, or I can choose to be straight by members of the gay & lesbian community.

For the woman I do not want to be – feeling isolated because I can’t reveal my true self to the people I care about most.

Kirsten
Santa Clara, CA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I march because visibility is important. I march because even though I've been married to a man for 27 years, I'm #StillBisexual. I march because Pride is a celebration that we should all get to enjoy; I've gotten more involved with my contingent than I ever expected to be to ensure that others have the opportunity.

Robin
Falkenberg, Sweden
Anna
Seattle, WA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I march in Pride because I spent 26 years thinking that "all straight girls have crushes on other girls" and life's too short to live a lie perpetuated by society. I march in Pride for my friends who have felt safe coming out as bi because I'm out. I march in Pride because the B in LGBT stands for something. I march in Pride because I'm here and queer.

Kyra
Woodinville, WA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I had been to Pride in Seattle before, but the first time I marched was in California. I was living in Anaheim in June of 2016. After the Pulse shooting, my community was in mourning. Santa Ana called a Candlelight Vigil, following which there was a march. I helped make signs, held mine aloft, and chanted with the group. It felt like something I had never been part of before. A close-knit family drawn together out of love and protection, fighting hatred with love is love is love. Since then I have participated in as many Pride events as possible, and marched wherever we marched. When I returned to Washington in 2017, I marched the streets of Seattle on June 11th with even more from my community. I am bisexual, and Pride and the LGBTQA+ community is where I belong, and we won't be going anywhere. It's important to me that I am seen and that my voice is heard and that we are not invisible, we are not outsiders. That is why I march.

Regan
Seattle WA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

For the fourteen years I spent thinking I was a freak because I didn't know there was an option between straight and gay. For the year I spent in love with a girl who was too scared to tell anyone else we weren't just best friends. For the three and a half years I spent trying to mask my pain and hide my sexuality by dating the straightest man at my school. For the four years I spent in a black box theater, only out to the kids who watched bootleg musicals with me in the corner. For the two years I have spent out and proud in my sorority. For the rest of my life I will spend pretending to be straight around part of my family. For my baby cousins who need someone unapologetically themselves even when it is hard to be. For my future kids who deserve a mom who loves herself. For my mother who raised me to be loud about my self love. For my father who taught me that nothing else matters as long as you know who you are. For my Greek community that my visibility might spark conversation and instigate change. For everyone who is not safe enough to march. For myself.

Anonymous
Seattle WA

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I march in Pride to counteract invisibility and erasure. I march for those who are fully "out," so they do not march alone. I march for those who are not yet "out," so they someday might be. I march for those like me, who shed ecstatic tears after first donning the bisexual flag along a downtown street. I march for my growing bi+ community, who has understood, befriended, and empowered me as no other could. And I march for myself--to revel in finally being who I am.

Rebecca
Toronto, ON

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I march in pride because I want to be visible to other bi people and even though I’m in a monogamous relationship, it doesn’t erase my bisexuality!! It’s a permanent part of who I am and I am proud of it!

WHY I MARCH IN PRIDE

I march in Pride because I think it's important to show that we are not invisible and we come from all kinds of different backgrounds. We are literally everywhere so of course we should also march in pride parades, regardless of the gender identity of our partner or if we are single. There is no shame in existing and being who we are.

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