The tradition of the Pride Parade started in most places around 1970, first in large cities and then spreading to all reaches over time.

When June came to be “Pride Month” depends on who you ask, as many started thinking of it that way immediately, though official recognition by larger groups and organizations took longer.

Today, it’s widely recognized and celebrated. Google Calendar marks June 1st as “First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month” by default, and at the time of writing we’re just two days out from an official statement from The White House commemorating the month.

It’s come a long way from an upstart movement beset by hate on all sides. And that’s a great thing to know.

Here are just a few personal experiences people have had during their first Prides.

10. “I had to tell my parents…”

Such a horrid contradiction to try to live free and remain hidden all at once.

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9. “Ended up…”

Well, that’s not a bad way to go.

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8. “My authentic self”

Imagine having to deny yourself so much for so long.

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7. “Made me tear up”

The crossroads of religion and sexuality are painful and confusing for so many.

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6. “I’m glad it was me that heard it”

If that’s the god you worship, I don’t want any part of it.

Source: Whisper

5. “My first time”

Well that’s quite a combination of experiences.

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4. “Looking back…”

It’s nice to have supportive parents.

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3. “I proudly marched”

Keep your head held high.

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2. “So much love”

And so much support.

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1. “I woke up in a tent”

Now THAT is a story.

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Happy Pride Month everyone!

What have your experiences been with Pride?

Tell us about them in the comments.