A little late posting this about pride month, but “A for Effort”, right?

What Is Pride Month?

“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.” – Source

Hi, I’m Jake. I have ADHD & Autism. I’m a procrastinator to my own detriment. Or is that executive dysfunction? No idea. A little bit about me: I’m bisexual & genderfluid, a dad to one child, a children’s book author, a business owner, a drinker of too much coffee, and I like playing games when I’m stressed out.

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Publicly, I came out in 2016. Till then, only two others knew. I grew up in a conservative home. It was taboo to express yourself as anything other than cis-hetero (straight). It hasn’t been all bad since coming out. Though, it’s not something I outright express around certain people anyways. It’s odd, I know. I’m fortunate enough for a supportive mother. For the longest time, I feared their reaction. I was wrong. They accept me for who I truly am and that’s all I can ever ask for from them.

Then something happened.

In August of 2021, my father passed away from covid-related complications. Only three months prior, I told him. It wasn’t until a few short days ago that I accepted that it wasn’t my fault for his passing. There isn’t much else I can say about this part of the story.

Each year I look forward to Pride Month.

But not this year.

This year, in the United States, LGBTQIA+ rights are more than ever at risk of being lost. It is only bitterness, and anger, I feel not only for myself but for my friends and newfound family – some of who have been through unimaginable darkness.

With that said, I’m going to end this blog post with some words of wisdom from Marsha P. Johnson herself:

“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”

Marsha P. Johnson