By George Harvey and Alexander Kennedy, LGBTI Coordinators
Happy Pride to you and your loved ones! Pride is a great time to really reflect on what it means to be proud of oneself and how we reflect that in our lives. To understand Pride, one must first understand Shame. The concept of shame is something that we don't acknowledge nearly enough. It is such a destructive force and it is entirely learned. Someone taught us that we should be ashamed of who we are. That our bodies don't conform to an unrealistic standard set by a ridiculously influential advertising culture. Someone taught us that the constructs of gender were the only way humanity was made and that deviations from this were reasons to feel ashamed. Someone taught us that the colour of our skin should not be a reason to celebrate but a source of discrimination and shame. We've been told that the people we love and how we express our love is a reason to hate oneself. That consenting adults need to conform to a love as outlined by shame and express that love within the absurd limits of that shame.