My First Pride Story

It was 2011 and I was 19 when I attended Pride for the first time. I had already been out for over a year and I always felt, and continue to feel, a responsibility to wear my pride confidently on my shoulders. My first Pride works as an important benchmark in my life – It exposed me to a spectrum of wonderful people that would shape my growth as I entered my 20s, it taught me a valuable lesson in never wearing layers on that day as it is painfully hot every year, but most importantly, it marks the anniversary of my current partner and I’s relationship. Without Pride 2011 I wouldn’t have been provided the trajectory of becoming the best loud and proud, fetish loving, (as much as I’ll deny it) family focused gay man I am today.

Thank you Pride Winnipeg.