It’s about glitter and stickers

Bandanas and feathers

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It’s about dancing and bubbles

balloons and flags

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But it’s more

It’s about knowing who you are

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It’s about celebrating family

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the ones we’re given

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or the ones we choose for ourselves

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It’s about our brothers, sisters and siblings

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because here

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we all belong

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its about remembering our history

and where we came from

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and those that we lost throughout this fight

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it’s about knowing that love is love

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is love

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and nobody is born to hate

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It’s about Marsha and Matthew.

Sylvia and Miss Major.

It’s about us.

It’s about them.

It’s about knowing that for us, it’s more than a flag made of pretty colors

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It’s a symbol of hope.

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It’s a symbol of protest.

It’s a symbol of pride.

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Love yourself.


written by Nicholas Swatz | photography by Nicholas Swatz | Chicago, Illinois Pride Parade 2019

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