For many years, Pride has graced the streets of various countries to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world. Typically, joy, love, and freedom are the core element of the celebration, although with the COVID-19 epidemic last year, celebrations came to a halt, and life became almost entirely virtual.
This year, with lockdown easing and COVID cases decreasing, some Pride events have taken place. The possibility of experiencing a non-URL celebration is particularly exciting for the V Team. To commemorate Pride, we spoke to Raphael Say, who identifies as a part of the LGBTQ community to find out what he got up to for Pride 2021.
How would you define Pride?
For me, Pride is the celebration of who you are – a celebration of yourself! Being proud, confident, and loving each other for who they are and not for who they love. It’s also the symbolization of celebration for these people who were fighting for human rights. Firstly, this is a celebration of human rights no matter your sexuality, gender, and race.
What are you doing/ have done to celebrate Pride this year?
I think Pride should be celebrated every day, on every occasion – so I will not do more than what I usually do. I’ve been fighting my whole life for freedom and self-expression and this is for everyone, not only for the LGBT community. We should all celebrate human rights and be the Pride of ourselves.
What are the changes you would like to see in the next couple of years when it comes to LGBTQ and minority groups?
I would love to see less separation between communities! I want people to be able to live all together in the same world with the same rights and not be afraid to be what they are.