Happy Pride Month!

IMG_2812Happy Pride Month all!

My friend Ben over at Ace of Bens created this awesome Pride Tag to celebrate Pride Month! (For those who don’t know, a “tag” is basically a group of prompts bloggers use to write fun, engaging posts!)

Here’s what Ben has to say about it!

To create the prompts for this tag, I used 11 different colors on various versions of the rainbow pride flag throughout history and what they were added to represent. I want to stress that this is not a book tag. Therefore, you don’t have to run a book blog, BookTube, or other type of bookish platform to do this tag!

Rules

  • Credit the original author of the tag — Ace Of Bens
  • Make sure you copy and paste these rules and notes at the beginning of the tag.
  • Tag as many or as few people as you’d like!

Notes

  • This tag originally uses the word “queer” as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community, but you are free to change it to whatever term or abbreviation you are most comfortable with for your own post.
  • You don’t have to be out to be proud of who you are. Therefore, you can still do this tag if you aren’t out to everyone you know, as long as you feel comfortable and safe doing it!
  • Don’t feel obligated to answer all of these questions or to even do this if you are tagged. I want this to be a fun pride month post, not a source of anxiety for anyone.
  • Happy Pride Month!

Black & Brown: People Of Color — Who Is Your Favorite Queer Celebrity/Creator Of Color?

Oooh! Amandla Stenberg is an incredible actor — you may know them from The Hate U Give, Everything, Everything, or as Rue in The Hunger Games! Amandla is non-binary, so they use they/them pronouns. They are popping up in all of the big movie franchises lately, including The Darkest Minds movie that came out last year.

Lavender: Diversity — Name A Piece Of Media (Movie, TV Show, Book, Podcast, Etc.) With Queer Representation That You Admire For Its Overall Diversity.

Oooh. This is a tough one. The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab has some great queer representation, plus it’s a really amazing read. I also loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (read my review here). As for television, I’m going to copy Ben’s answer and say Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I have loved this show from the beginning, and it has some great queer representation! It’s a super funny show and if you watch it and don’t laugh there’s something wrong with you! 😛

Red: Life — What Point Of Your Life Were You At When You First Learned About The Queer Community? What Point Were You At When You Realized You Were A Part Of It?

I was probably in high school when I really learned about the queer community, but admittedly I didn’t know much, and that was the case until about 5 years ago when I got into blogging. Through reading, learning, and meeting new friends who identify as queer, I’ve learned a lot more and have become more informed about the queer community. It’s very important to me to learn and respect all people, regardless of our differences, because ultimately we’re all the same: human. We all deserve respect and love and I try to spread that message everywhere I go.

Orange: Healing — Community Is A Huge Part Of Healing. How Has This Community Helped You Become More Comfortable In Your Own Skin?

Through learning about the queer community and helping others learn, I feel that it has made me more aware of myself and how I feel. I truly believe that all people are valid and again, that we all deserve love and respect regardless of sexual or gender orientation. It’s healthiest to be who you are, how you want to be.

Yellow: Sunlight — What Is Something About The Queer Community And/Or Culture That Makes You Happy? Something You Find Joy Or Light In.

I’m absolutely thrilled to see the book and television industries becoming more inclusive and that more queer and queer POC are represented in the media. Growing up when I did, while it was the start of inclusivity becoming more common, I do admit that I was quite sheltered in my learning and consumption of queer information. I love that kids and teens growing up now are able to learn more, to see themselves in media, and to know that there are so many people out there that support them.

Green: Nature — How Have You Grown Since Last Pride Month?

I’ve become more informed on the queer community, and issues surrounding the queer folx. I always strive to listen to those in the queer community and learn from them — to support them in every way I can.

Indigo: Serenity — Would You Say You’re At A Point Of Self-Discovery That You’ve Found Inner Peace With Your Gender And Sexual Identities?

In learning more about what it means to be queer, what gender and sexual identities are and how to address them, I feel like I’ve become more informed and feel more confident in my own identity. I hope to support other people in their decisions about these topics as well. It’s hard sometimes living in Nebraska — some people just don’t understand how to love everyone, not just the ones that you agree with. I’m trying to help others around me discover their truths now.

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Violet: Spirit — How Are You Getting Into The Spirit Of Pride Month?

Well, by doing this Pride Tag! I also am aiming to read books by queer authors, and to boost queer voices on twitter and beyond! I so enjoy this month as it lets my friends in the queer community celebrate who they are, and to be PROUD of who they are. 🙂

I’m not sure who to tag — if you identify with this tag, please do feel free to write your own post! Use the original tag post on Ace of Bens for the prompts — I skipped some that do not apply to me or that I do not have an answer for. Thanks for reading! And thank you to Ben for creating the tag! Happy Pride!

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