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How to Celebrate Pride Month with LGBTQ+ Communities

What Is Pride and How Does It Affect Us?

Pride is a complex and multifaceted emotion that can have both positive and negative effects on ourselves and others. In this article, we will explore what pride is, how it can benefit or harm us, and how we can find a healthy balance between pride and humility.

What Is Pride?

Pride is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired". Oxford defines it as "the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's own importance".


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As these definitions suggest, there are two distinct kinds of pride: healthy and unhealthy. Healthy pride is based on self-respect and confidence in one's abilities and accomplishments. It reflects a positive self-image and a realistic appraisal of one's strengths and weaknesses. Unhealthy pride is based on arrogance and conceit in one's superiority and importance. It reflects a distorted self-image and a denial of one's flaws and limitations.

What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Pride?

Pride can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on individuals and society. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of pride:

Benefits of Pride

  • Pride can boost self-confidence, motivation, satisfaction, and respect. People who have healthy pride in themselves tend to have higher self-esteem, more optimism, more resilience, more happiness, and more respect for themselves and others. They are also more likely to pursue their goals, overcome challenges, celebrate their achievements, and appreciate their talents.

  • Pride can foster solidarity, diversity, and empowerment. People who have healthy pride in their groups tend to have more loyalty, cooperation, tolerance, and appreciation for their members. They are also more likely to embrace their identities, cultures, and histories, and to advocate for their rights and interests.

Drawbacks of Pride

  • Pride can lead to arrogance, conceit, intolerance, and conflict. People who have unhealthy pride in themselves tend to have lower self-awareness, more narcissism, more prejudice, more aggression, and more hostility. They are also more likely to overestimate their abilities, underestimate others' abilities, reject feedback or criticism, blame others for their failures, and disrespect or harm others.

  • Pride can cause isolation, alienation, and oppression. People who have unhealthy pride in their groups tend to have more exclusivity, separatism, discrimination, and domination. They are also more likely to reject or suppress other groups' identities, cultures, and histories, and to deny or violate their rights and interests.

What Are Some Examples of Pride?

Pride can be seen in many aspects of everyday life, history, and culture. Here are some examples of pride:

Everyday Life

  • Pride in one's achievements: Feeling proud of graduating from college, getting a promotion, or winning a competition.

  • Pride in one's appearance: Feeling proud of dressing well, having a fit body, or getting a makeover.

  • Pride in one's identity: Feeling proud of being gay, trans or black.


  • Pride in one's nation: Feeling proud of being American, British, or Chinese.

  • Pride in one's religion: Feeling proud of being Christian, Muslim, or Hindu.

  • Pride in one's ideology: Feeling proud of being democratic, socialist, or libertarian.


  • Pride in one's art: Feeling proud of creating or enjoying paintings, sculptures, or photographs.

  • Pride in one's music: Feeling proud of composing or listening to rock, jazz, or classical.

  • Pride in one's literature: Feeling proud of writing or reading novels, poems, or essays.

What Are Some Quotes on Pride?

Pride has been a subject of interest and inspiration for many writers, activists, and celebrities. Here are some quotes on pride from various sources:


"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

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"You've got to be proud of who you are." - Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


"It takes no compromise to give people their takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression." - Harvey Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk

"No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us." - Marsha P. Johnson, Pay It No Mind

"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it's now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until its simply the way things are." - Tammy Baldwin, Out and Elected in the USA


"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?" - RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race

"I'm beautiful in my way 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way." - Lady Gaga, Born This Way

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose." - Dolly Parton, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

How to Balance Pride and Humility?

Pride and humility are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they can complement each other and help us achieve a healthy sense of self-worth and respect for others. Here are some tips on how to balance pride and humility:

  • Acknowledge your achievements but also your limitations. Be proud of what you have done but also aware of what you can improve. Celebrate your successes but also learn from your failures.

  • Appreciate your qualities but also your flaws. Be proud of who you are but also accept who you are not. Embrace your strengths but also work on your weaknesses.

  • Respect yourself but also respect others. Be proud of your opinions but also listen to other perspectives. Stand up for your rights but also recognize other people's rights.

  • Express yourself but also empathize with others. Be proud of your identity but also understand other identities. Share your feelings but also consider other people's feelings.

  • Be confident but also humble. Be proud of your abilities but also grateful for your opportunities. Believe in yourself but also acknowledge your dependence on others.


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