With Pride Month alive and well, I've seen many posts about things people can and cannot do during the month of June. One of which is a having a Straight Pride Parade, which I wholeheartedly agree with saying NO to that (I mean, how ridiculous?)
However, I've also seen many posts regarding who is allowed to participate in PrideFests.
Some people in the LGBTQ+ community have stated that they don't want any heterosexual people there, no matter what.
You're in a heterosexual relationship but you're bisexual? Sorry, you can't come.
Your significant other is transgender but you're not in the LGBTQ+ community? Sorry, you can't come.
Your best friend is gay and you want to support them? Sorry, you can't come.
I personally believe this is not an idea of love.
If you are at PrideFest to support your significant other, best friend, mom, uncle, WHOEVER, what's the harm in going?
In my eyes, as long as you aren't going to protest or be rude to the LGBTQ+ community, and you are there for support, there should be no reason you cannot come.
The LGBTQ+ community deserves all the love and support they can get, so saying that allies cannot come is disheartening.
As an ally, I want to support the people I love, and support love in general.
I want the LGBTQ+ community to know that there are allies alongside them, rooting for them.
I want to spread love to this community, and let them know that even if I'm not necessarily a part of their world, I want to stand with them.
Yes, this month is for the LGBTQ+ community.
Yes, this month is to allow this beautiful community to be authentically themselves.
I know this month is not for allies, but I see no harm in allowing allies to show up and PrideFest and support their loved ones.
Allies are here to support you, not belittle you.