My first experience with Pride

in Photography Lovers4 months ago


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Such a great event

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Yesterday was Utah's 33rd Pride Parade. It is one of the largest Pride Parades in the world and about 150,000 people show up each year to support the event.


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I had never been to one of these events and I really had no idea what to expect. Not being a part of the LGBT community, I wasn't sure what I was getting into by going to the event. My wife has gone to a few of them in the past to show support to some of her friends and family members, but I either had to work or I just didn't want to go to it in the past.


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The parade and the whole vibe of the event was not what I was expecting. The media and religion in general tend to paint members of the LGBT community as people that just want everyone to be gay and that they are "pushing their gay agenda" on everyone.


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But what I experienced and the energy I felt there was that it was just a group of humans that just want to be proud of who they are and really to just be able to exist among everyone else. People just want to be allowed to love and be loved and that is what it all pretty much boils down to.


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Life sucks for so many people, and if you feel like an outcast, it just makes life even more shitty. So many people treat others like shit because they don't believe the same way they do.


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I have seen so much hurt in the eyes of those in the gay community, but yesterday, I saw people in the gay community and outside of the gay community come together with love and acceptance.


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I saw so many people truly happy to be themselves yesterday. I could never imagine what life is like for those people and what they have had to endure during their lives. All I know is that who they love does not change my life or affect me in any way.


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This was a great event and I am glad that I was able to attend it this year. Seeing so many smiling faces was amazing. We live in a world that is pretty shitty at times. We are all just trying to exist and be happy.

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Beautiful, really beautiful report. You have caught the essence perfectly. It touched me.

Many thanks for sharing.

I'm really pleased you enjoyed it. I get so fed up with the whole "pushing their gay agenda" on everyone as well. I'm gay and I was bought up in a heterosexual environment. In fact, in my day I was surrounded by heterosexuality but I would never say stop pushing your heterosexual agenda lol. Thank you for sharing.

I can't even begin to imagine what you went through growing up. I just hope that you were accepted for who you are. It's a shame that so many people don't just accept others and realize that their choice of who they loves doesn't affect them at all.

I survived but it was difficult and confusing times. I did get support though from family and friends. Thank you for your kind words of support. ❤️

reminds me of the gay pride we have in Amsterdam each year only in Amsterdam it's on Boats through the canals since 1996 https://pride.amsterdam/en/

i haven't been there either i don't like the crowd so much , but for streetphotography and crazy portraits it's paradise .

A bunch parade sounds like it would be a ton of fun.

Yeah man, you’re definitely not wrong. When you take out the corporate spin, it really is just peeps bein’ peeps…you said it better, I’m just in agreement.

Looks like it was a lot of fun and you caught some really great photos at this event.
I think my favorite one was the guys head that was a work of art, his sunglasses matched well, and how you captured with the reflection on his sunglasses to match the head coloration was brilliant.

Thanks. That dude's hair was pretty cool. I got a bunch of other shots of his hair, but I really liked how that one turned out with his glasses. There were some really interesting people there that made for great portraits.

From the exciting pictures, you really had fun, most times those events give us opportunity to meet with new people and family, make new friends and unite more.

It was a great time.

Awesome 😎 it looks like everybody had so much fun 🤩
Thanks for sharing 👋🏻
Happy Monday!

It was great. Thanks for stopping by.

You are welcome 👋🏻😊 I can imagine…

Awesome photos of the parade
They sure look like they had fun and was such a cool event to experience

It was a lot of fun. Definitely not something I would have ever planned on going to without my wife. But it was a great experience to see everyone so happy and enjoying themselves.

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Que hermoso 💓 grupo de verdad y que viva esa comunidad 😍, gracias por compartir.

I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

nice colours and always fun to look at people

People watching is my favorite pastime.

I'd love to study more about this parade
I have always loved parades...
Nice one!

It is a pretty cool event. I am sure if you really wanted to learn more about it, you will find plenty of information on the internet.

there is nothing natural about those artificial, intelligence, rainbows. 🌈

beautiful photos, a very nice and empathetic community

Such a great amazing and colourful event. A person must go to such places, it is beneficial that by meeting new people, a person enjoys life a lot and forgets the problems of his life. Doing his job well, having fun, chatting with people.

Beautiful pictures! I'm glad you finally had the opportunity to enjoy the festival 💜

Nice. That looks like one hell of a lot of Pride, is that for the whole state? We set a record here in Louisville last year with 10k, can't imagine 150k.

'We are all just trying to exist and be happy.' Man, ain't that the truth. Life is hard enough, do we really need to make it more so? I've been to a couple Prides but it was to keep the local Westboro Baptist types occupied, was still fun but not exactly what I'd call enjoyable. Pride is next week here, your photos have got me thinking it might be good to just relax and enjoy the festivities.