Don’t Hide Your Pride

My heart is heavy today. As I write this in tears, I’m also overwhelmed with fear. Fear not for myself, but for those who are still afraid to come out and be who they are. I fear for them only because the last thing these incidents should cause is for people to hide their hearts even more but please…if you feel this way, know that there has never been more perfect timing than now. As sad as it is for such an event to make an influence – Now people will see. Now people will listen. If you feel as if the closet door should stay shut, I promise there will be endless love and support on the other side of the door.

To my SF & LA friends & rainbow hearts around the world, I have seen people share their fears to attend PRIDE because of safety precautions, which I can understand but please remember those who are still afraid to come out for themselves as you once were there before. Know that if the LGBT community were to become fearful, those who may not even consider themselves a part of the community just yet will become even more fearful too. STILL walk the rainbow sidewalks, STILL dance your ass off at every stage, STILL kiss your partner on the streets, STILL wave your flag.

It is so disappointing to see someone’s hate over someone’s love be taken to such an extreme but the light that we can all find is this – love truly conquers all. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn how to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

Love has and always will be stronger than hate. Hate is easy, love takes courage but no matter what, love always wins.

X,

Alyssa Camille
P.S. My heart and prayers to those effected and the families of Orlando ❤️

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