IT’S JUNE, WHICH MEANS millions of people are “going to Pride” — shorthand for the party, politics, and playfulness that characterize the annual celebration of LGBTIQQ2S rights. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?
The acronym is unwieldy, but it’s also a sign that the “gay rights” movement continues to strive for inclusivity, even 40-odd years after the Stonewall Riots. It’s a good thing. It signals an ethos of human rights for all humans. It’s why straight people are called “allies” and invited to the fun.
Pride is a celebration of subcultures, and like any other culture, there are language cues that the careless or overeager might miss. Here’s a completely non-exhaustive rough guide to the language of Pride* to help you make sure that “Some of my best friends are gay” is the dumbest thing you say all weekend.