Today, in Belfast, is the day when LGBT people hold hands in public.
Many of us already do, although we’re pretty good at checking our safety when we do.
Today, we will hold hands and know that there are enough of us that we don’t need to fear.
Today people whose jobs threaten them will come and watch from the sidelines and plan when they, too, can hold hands in public.
Today is a day when we take pride in the lives that we live, even though many of us were schooled in shame.
Today we honour and celebrate all those who worked for visibility of LGBT people.
Today we remember those for whom the struggle to live was too much.
Today we remember those who are in countries that deem them illegal.
Today we hope that our detractors can feel invited into a rich celebration of this being human together.
Today we rejoice in the truth that without LGBT people, the world would be poorer.
Today is Pride.
Happy Pride peoples.