PEERS staff Kozi Arrington shares his vision of pride and love

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By Kozi Arrington

Pride is defined as a becoming or a dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character; self-respect; self-esteem and self-realization.

Traditionally, June is Gay Pride Month in many countries throughout the world including the United States. There are festivities, celebrations, dedications, remembrances, and parades that celebrate the diversity of LGBTQI2S Gender Non-conforming, Non-binary Variant People, and the choices they all have as human beings to love, express love, and to be loved unconditionally by their fellow men, women and children, however they identify, without the fear of being ostracized, discriminated against or persecuted because of their personal preferences and beliefs. 

I encourage us all to embrace those members of our families, communities, organizations, faith based institutions, etc. who identify with LGBTQI2S+ people everywhere. You may not identify. You may not understand. You may not agree and that is okay. It is your right just as it is the right of those who do identify, understand, and who do stand in solidarity with one another as they claim their realities and stand in their truths with pride.

Let’s try to overcome intolerance and instead, work on fostering good will toward one another. Love is stronger than Hate! Peace is stronger than contention and opposition, antagonism, conflict and confrontation. Compassion is greater than ignorance.

Be who you are and be Proud. Stand tall with Dignity. Know who you are and what you stand for. Celebrate! Embrace your brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors. Celebrate Love, Peace & Happiness!