Happy Pride Month, fam! 'Tis the season to celebrate the rich history of our beautiful LGBTQ community and enjoy the present with parades and special events. From rockstars decked out in rainbows and queens strutting their stuff wearing everything glitter, Pride is all about being -- and loving -- your TRUE self.
Pride can be a whole lot of fun, but it can also be a little intimidating, especially if you've never been to a Pride event before. But fear not, friends! Famous In Real Life is here to help.
Whether it is your very first time celebrating or your 25th, in this article, we'll answer some of the most common questions about Pride as well as tell you about the best shirts to make a statement. Because if you ask us, the Pride Parade calls for dope shirts, and while you might not know where to find them-- we do.
Ready to look super fab and learn a thing or two about Pride?
Let's dive in!
A parade is a parade. It's as simple as that. Think of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade held annually in New York City. People of all walks of life come out to celebrate in elaborate costumes riding on floats, or marching with a band. Well, Pride is similar. Expect to see individuals decked out in all kinds of wild costumes and apparel, from barely-there booty shorts to rainbow mesh crop tops and everything in between.
You may have gay clowns, drag queens, and flamboyant marching bands. You may see your 7th-grade math teacher decked out in a full leather leotard complete with a whip and knee-high boots or your dentist zooming by with the Dykes on Bikes. You may even see your aunt march by in the lesbian gardener's posse. Some will be tame; others will be fierce -- enjoy them all!
No two parades are exactly the same, so you can expect something new every year. Any number of groups can participate in Pride.
You may see local businesses, LGBTQ-friendly politicians, and church groups singing hymns. And you can definitely expect to see go-go dancers and techno music from the hottest gay bars and a rowdy youth contingent. However, perhaps the most moving group of them all is the Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays party, or PFLAG for short.
Since so many parents sadly don't accept their children's sexual orientation, seeing a group of supportive and loving moms and dads with signs that read, "You'll always have a home at PFLAG" or "PFLAG loves YOU!" can make even the most stone butch lesbian shed a tear.
You can go to Pride by yourself, or you can recruit your besties to go together. If you go alone, chances are you'll meet a new friend or two. Pride people are usually some of the most welcoming and friendly individuals around.
If you feel a little intimidated or nervous to just up and go on your own, link up with one of the many groups that are sure to be in attendance. You can meet up with a gay youth group or a queer softball team if you so desire. Is the gay two-step group holding dance lessons? Maybe sashaying your way into Pride is more your speed.
Some Pride events do unfortunately attract protestors. And while many LGBTQ supporters like to get into heated debates or screaming matches with these cold individuals, we advise you to just ignore them the best you can and have a good time.
Besides, the number of LGBTQ supporters always outweigh the protestors proving that lovealwayswins. Pay no mind to the hate and sing, dance, and march your way through the streets!
Pride can actually mean many different things to many different people. For some, attending Pride is a celebration of who they are and who they love. For others, Pride is just a big ol' party, a place to have fun. Especially now, as our beautiful country is fighting a number of political battles attempting to deny our basic rights, Pride can also be a political organizing tool. It can be a safe place to educate and organize in the struggle for equal rights and freedom. After all, the first Pride Parade was a protest March!
Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots that took place in N.Y.C back in 1969, largely credited as the catalyst of the modern-day LGBTQ movement in the United States.
The very first Pride march took place in N.Y.C. a year after the riots, in 1970. Originally, the marches took place on the last Sunday in June as Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day or simply Gay Pride Day, but later spread out across the entire month of June and continued as a timeless tradition over the years until it arrived to you!
Yes! In so many ways, Pride is especially important for people who aren't necessarily out of the closet just yet. Many of those who are out are eager to show you that there is a diverse and vibrant community here to accept, love, and fight for you. Now, you don't need to disclose your gender identity or sexuality to anyone in order to take part in Pride. Do what works best for you on your own specific timeline.
Nine to ten hours is a long time to stand anywhere, but even if the parade you’re attending is shorter or you don't plan to stay the entire time, chances are good that you will need a few things in order to catch a decent chunk of the event: Important things like sunblock, food, and water. It's also a good idea to bring a little bit of money with you so you can buy that super cute rainbow bracelet you just simply can't live without.
That said, consider making a list of the things you will need to stay properly hydrated, well-fed, and able to purchase a souvenir or two, as well as make sure you're not going to look like a lobster the next day (because, well, sunburn leads to wrinkles, and we're not about that life).
The outbreak of COVID-19 changed the world. And while we're still fighting the virus, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines that are now available to the public. If you plan on attending Pride, be smart and get vaccinated. Wear a rainbow mask and carry hand sanitizer on you at all times. However, if you're not ready to venture out into big crowds (we totally don't blame you), you can still watch and enjoy the parade on TV.
Call up a few of your closest pals and watch the event from the comfort of your own home. If you plan ahead, you won't even have to miss out on the costumes, rainbows, and glitter. Plus, there's the added benefit of not having to fight hundreds of people for the bathroom.
Now that you know just about everything there is to know about this colorful parade, let's dive into some of the best shirts to show your Pride!
If you're gay and you know it -- SHOW IT OFF! This adorable gay AF shirt will let everyone know that you're here and you're queer! Featuring two rainbows right over the ta-tas, this Rainbow Bra shirt is sure to be a hit.
Yaaasss queen! Whether you're a Queer Eye fan or you just have a silly sense of humor, rocking this shirt is bound to get you tons of positive comments.
Run wild through the streets at Pride with this super-soft premium tee featuring a unicorn. Why a unicorn, ask? Because it's a f*n unicorn -- that's why!
Look, this is America, and we just wanna party, OK? We want to sing, dance, and twerk our way down the streets with rainbow flags trailing behind us. With glitter in our hair and love in our hearts, "This Is America," the land of the free, and we are so incredibly lucky to live here, where love sees no color, and we can proudly parade through the streets decked out in rainbows, unicorns, and tie-dye.
Say it loud, and say it proud with this "This Is America" tee.
Love is love. It's as simple as that. And this super soft shirtsays it all.
This Pride essential fits like a well-loved favorite and is sure to bring you a lot of compliments.
Ah, rainbows and beer -- two of our most favorite things! Head to the parade with this one-of-a-kind tee, and it just might win you a free drink or two for rocking such a clever shirt.
Besides, if you ask us, beer is better than a pot of gold, tbh.
In the words of queen Lady Gaga herself, "Baby, I was born this way!"
Being gay isn't a choice -- but hate is. Show the world your gay and proud with this adorable shirt. And shout it from the top of your lungs, especially so all the haters in the back can hear you.
It's 2021, and about time we all start using proper pronouns. It doesn't matter if someone wants to be called a 'he,' 'she,' 'they,' 'them,' or 'theirs' -- call them what they tell you to call them, period.
How would you feel if you're a 'she' and someone referred to you as a 'he' or vice versa? Yeah, it doesn't feel good! Be nice to others, listen to them, keep your opinions to yourself and just call them what they want to be called. It's tough to open up to people, especially with things as sensitive as this, so embrace your loved ones and support them. One way to do that is with this super cool shirt!
The Pride Parade may seem like just a party to some, but it runs much deeper than that. It's a time to reflect on our queens who started the movement over 50 years ago. It's a chance to educate ourselves on what it means to be part of the LGBTQ community and to stand up for those who need support. But the truth is that love doesn't have to be the center of just one day, week, or month. Each and every one of us -- whether you're trans, straight, gay, lesbian, queer, or bi -- has the power to spread love -- and if you ask us, that's a pretty powerful thing!
Here at Famous In Real Life, we stand with the LGBTQ community and have created a colorful line of shirts dedicated to Pride and everything it stands for. If you're heading to your very first Pride Parade or your 25th, we've got just what you need to SLAY.