Pride marches are important for the LGBTQ community
They are especially important to youth and to the more mature members of our community. Today, we appear to be seeing a surge in hate speech toward the LGBTQ community and these marches help counter that. These occurrences show how these marches are still needed, fifty years after the Stonewall Uprising, which kicked off the movement for LGBTQ rights. Since then, Pride Marches have become a symbol of remembering those struggles, a way of moving forward, and, importantly, a way for those who continue to feel marginalized, oppressed, and discriminated against because of their gender and sexuality, to come together to celebrate and show solidarity with each other, their supporters, and their families.
Pride events bring benefits, to an entire community…not just its LGBTQ+ members!
They help bring the community together and to find bonds that unite us. Community binds across all. Family is also an important aspect of the LGBTQ world – our families are as valid as any others. LGBTQ Pride is “family friendly” by definition.
This pride march will also be good for Wimberley business. The businesses that we have spoken to so far have welcomed the placement of this event in late September, a time that is traditionally a little slower in Wimberley. The timing of this event in the early evening will allow visitors to spend the day, evening, and even the weekend in Wimberley, generating additional revenues and opportunities for the business community that wish to engage.
Perhaps, though, most importantly, this provides an additional opportunity for Wimberley to play to its strengths. We of course show that in various events throughout the year; now this will be one additional opportunity to show “Wimberley Strong” and to add Wimberley United and Wimberley Proud to the list.