Pride Month is celebrated annually in June and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQIA+ individuals have had on history. Through raising awareness, it encourages acceptance and support for people of all backgrounds and makes our community a safer place where a multitude of perspectives can be heard and recognized. Memorials are also held this month for those who have been tragically lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.
La Crescenta is home to a wide birth of individuals and couples, each with similar desires to be seen and accepted without fear of judgement or shame. The Balcony stands firmly in support with the LGBTQIA+ community, not just this month but in all months because we believe that the Foothills are a place where individuals of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to flourish.
Pride is awareness of one’s own dignity. It is a feeling of acceptance of one’s self. Both individuals and communities can have pride in themselves. The rainbow-themed flag is a reminder that this thing called life is rarely black and white. More often we find ourselves surrounded in an endless spectrum of possibilities. This prism of humanity, gathered together, living on common ground is one of our greatest assets. To overlook its value is to remove the colors from the flag, reducing it to nothing but a white symbol of surrender.
La Crescenta, stand tall. Be proud.
Fly your flag.