What does pride look like? This past weekend, pride looked like rainbow flags flying high above Franklin Street and processions of singing, dancing, and cheering people parading down Ninth Street in Durham. Pride wasn’t deterred by a torrential downpour, competing with a Duke football game, or even protesters. This weekend’s NC PrideFest was a wonderful show of pride by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning, and allied (LGBTQIA) North Carolina citizens from all walks of life. Each year, it provides the opportunity for individuals and communities in Chapel Hill and Durham to outwardly express their pride and support for the kind of community they would like to live in – an inclusive and welcoming community for all.
Though this weekend was a very visible display that packed the streets of Durham with LGBT pride, it unfortunately only happens once a year. Fear not though! For the remaining 364 days there are so many ways to express our support for and actively work towards an inclusive and supportive community here at Carolina and beyond!