At first thought, it might seem like parents and Pride don’t mix. After all, Pride is a place where you can check out the latest in sex toy technology in between grabbing some selfies with the hottest gay porn stars.
However, despite the potential awkwardness that could come from having to explain to your folks what the difference between a twink and a bear is, Pride could be an excellent event to share with the ‘rents.
Here are seven reasons you should take your parents to Pride.
1. To introduce them to the queer community
Parents love to know what’s going on in your life. They want updates, they want phone calls, and they want to be involved. Pride is the perfect way to spend some quality time while letting them catch a glimpse into a part of LGBT culture.
2. To bring out their inner joy
Pride is all about experiencing happiness and owning the skin you’re in, and sometimes parents need to get a little more of that. With a common theme of people’s lives being “over” when they have children, taking your parents to a Pride event will help them reconnect with their inner child and just have a good time.
3. To help them understand
Sometimes, parents are confused by the queer community, so introducing them to it and letting them party with the LGBTQ+ community just helps them understand a little more about how we function.
4. To make coming out easier
Maybe you haven’t come out to your family yet, and maybe you’re scared to do so. Although Pride is a pretty massive event to choose to do so, you’ll also be surrounded by support, and it’s also a good way to test the waters to see how your parents may react.
5. To celebrate and unite generations
Pride is about history. It’s a celebration of how far we’ve come. It’s a time to reflect and celebrate. Parents and others from different generations help provide an important point of view that us Millenials simply don’t have.
6. To start a tradition
Taking your folks to Pride could quickly become an annual tradition, and what better tradition is there than to bring the family together on a day that is all about positivity, acceptance, and love?
7. To make Pride a family event
Getting ready for Pride is another opportunity for family time together. You can go shopping with the ‘rents to get some festive rainbow attire or beads to share with your fellow festival-goers. Who doesn’t love a fun day of shopping with the folks?
8. To spend a weekend together
Parade in the morning. Lunch after that. Then back to the festival to look at various intriguing booths. The perfect day.
9. To teach them about LGBT culture
Pride not only celebrates the Queer community as a whole, but it’s also a place for individual facets of the group to celebrate. You can introduce your parents to parts of LGBT culture they probably didn’t even know existed.
10. Because the more, the merrier!
The more people who gather for the sole purpose of accepting one another and taking pride in who they are, the better.