Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates Pride month, a series of parades, events, and gatherings that recognize the influence that LGBT people have had around the world.
The queen of pop and “Born this way” singer who champions the message of confidence and respect to LGBTQ, walked the streets of NY with boyfriend Christian Carino during the June 24 pride month celebration.
“But the most important thing that I’ve got to say about it is that everybody’s got to love each other. You gotta stop throwing stones at your sisters and your brothers. ’Cause it wasn’t that long ago that we were all just living in the jungle. So, for any of you who don’t believe in equality that are here this evening, come to mama.” – Lady Gaga quoting a line from her song, “Come to Mama”
Jonathan Van Ness and Karamo Brown of Queer Eye
“Queer Eye’s” resident grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness was beaming as he waved to the crowd on board the Smirnoff pride float.
“I wasn’t every afraid to shoot the show down there. I’m gay. I will out weird you. I wish you would! Back then, being open about your sexuality was in its infancy. It was ‘I love you but I don’t agree with your lifestyle.’ Today, LGBTQ people have found that they can’t be put into a box. We are being ourselves and it’s not about tolerating us. It’s now about accepting us as we are. We’re able to go deeper this time around.”
“I’ve been openly gay since I was in my teens, but I’m also a black man. Being an African American comes with its own pressures and issues. This is one day that you’re letting your hair down. What it means to be part of this community is so much bigger, brighter, better and beautiful.”
Cynthia Nixon, who is running for governor of New York, and wife Christine Marinoni wear matching tees.
“Right now we are at a critical moment in our journey as an LGBTQ community. Now is the time to fight. In 2018, each one of us has to do whatever we can to take our government back. If the LGBTQ community wants change, we have to do what we have always done — we have to go out ourselves and seize it.”
Alexander Wang is one of the designers at the forefront of the movement offering a special capsule collaboration with Trojan Condoms, which aims to educate and make people aware about the importance of protection and sexual health. A portion of the proceeds from the merchandise he designed and an additional donation on behalf of the collection will go to the LGBT Center of New York in order to support the organization’s sexual health programs.
“Growing up in San Francisco, I’ve experienced Pride from a very young age and it’s been really influential to my life. I think what makes it truly special is the spirit of celebrating each other and bringing people together for not only what they have in common, but how they’re different. I think that’s the most important message.”
Singer Kehlani performs at San Francisco Pride, bringing a young fan on stage.
“The point is, i love love, and that love lies in every gender there is.”
Christina Aguilera dances around on stage, after making a surprise appearance at a drag competition during L.A. Pride.
“The LGBTQ community has never had it easy, the struggles each one of you faces daily on an individual level and on a broader political and cultural level are unimaginable, yet you keep fighting, you keep moving forward trailblazing and beating all odds with love always in your hearts.
In this month of June and every other day of the year please know that to me you all represent the daily driving voice that tells me to keep going, to triumph against all odds and to celebrate being unique. Because being unique doesn’t make us different from anyone else – it just makes us more special.
With love, with respect, with passion, with commitment, with gratitude and admiration I say to all you fighters – I love you.” – Christina Aguilera’s love letter to the LGBTQ Community