Whether you’re celebrating self-expression, love, equality or you simply love the electric atmosphere, millions of people embrace Pride parades and festivals for their own, individual reasons. At Menlo Club, we took the time to chat with some of our team members to discover their reasons for celebrating.
Cindy — Content Marketing Manager
“I celebrate pride every year because it’s an issue that touches my heart. I have a lot of friends and family in the LGBTQ+ community, and I’m honored to have been the first person my sister came out to. Having the opportunity to enjoy the New York City Pride Parade with her for the first time is an experience I will always cherish.”
Brandyn — Associate Merchandising Manager
“I come from a very small town where Pride was not celebrated. I’ve been openly gay since I was 13-years-old, and I was the only openly gay person in my high school, so I didn’t really have a sense of belonging. Now that I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the last 4 years, I take every opportunity that I get be part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s moving to see the parade and all the allies we have. Pride is truly the one time and place where I can walk down the street and hold hands with my boyfriend without needing to worry about my surroundings or second guess a simple gesture of affection.”
Farwah — Office Manager
“A huge group of my friends and I love to go to the Pride parade because we can just be ourselves, let loose and enjoy each other’s company. It’s such an open atmosphere where you can be whoever you want to be, which almost makes it feel like an entirely different world.”
Cruz — Senior Marketing Manager
“Pride month is without a doubt my favorite favorite time of year. I was lucky enough to discover who I was at a young age and have the love and support of my friends and family to live that truth without shame or regret. For me, Pride Month is really about celebrating who you are without apology and recognizing that even though the human experience can be so wonderfully diverse there’s even more that we share in common with one another.
It’s an important global moment that I believe helps inspire and shape a more inclusive and loving world.”