“Yassss, queen” is not just a phrase, but a way of life. From owning the runway that you created on the side of the street to dressing like a dime as others gawk with jealousy, here’s your three step guide for owning your first pride.
The ‘Fit. Your outfit should be nothing less than a spectacular masterpiece that embodies your very soul. Whether it’s your unicorn horn with your rainbow tutu, or jeans and a basic black t-shirt with “ZADDY” in big bold white letters written across your chest, the most important thing is to be you. From crazy and extravagant to simple and elegant, the thing to remember is that it’s your time to shine. No matter other people’s thoughts and what they deem to be appropriate, nobody can control you but the law. With that said, remember your birthday suit is best left at home, unless you’re in LA where apparently anything goes.
The ‘Tude. An abbreviation for your attitude, it should obviously be fierce. Be confident and shameless about who you are, and remember everyone is there to celebrate and have fun. I know for some, you may have just come out and it can be intimidating, but you are not alone. Before you leave the house, be sure to call your hype man and give yourself a few Sharpay blurrs in the mirror to bring out that inner queen we all know is there. This is your moment, and this your time, so do not let anyone stop you from rocking to the beat of your own rhythm and rhyme.
The Wig. You don’t want your wig to be snatched. Pride is a time of joy, pride is a time of fun, but it’s also a time to be respectful of everyone. Remember that it may be your first time, but this parade is a place where a lot of people feel at home. Yes, you’re invited, but remember to wipe your feet at the door. Wipe your feet of any prejudice, hate and barriers. Remain open, loving and pure; and your pride experience will be one for all your years. From drag queens kissing your face, leather lovers with their chains,
and literal fairies prancing about, it can be overwhelming. However, remember that Pride isn’t just a parade, and that there is a space to be found by all. So if dancing or yelling isn’t your cup of tea, don’t judge others – instead, find a different drink.
These are three easy steps in one easy to read guide. If you were hesitant before, I hope this changed your mind. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or straight, everyone is welcome on this glorious date. Grab your best bud and prepare for the time of your life as you take on your first Pride.