Amanda Skinner’s daughter at Atlanta Pride 2019.Photo: Amanda Skinner
So we can celebrate virtually, asked our readers to share a photo with us from the first time they went to Pride. Submissions poured in from around the world, spanning every year from 1970 to 2019.
We’ve selected 30 of our favorite photos and stories so we can celebrate with a Pride In Pictures special series and we’ll be sharing them with you every day this month.
Related: Pride in Pictures: Sharing the joy of pride
What makes this photo special to you?
“This was from the first Pride my family was able to attend and participate in, this past October. My husband and I brought our twin girls (10 years old – one transgender), and our bisexual 12 year old daughter, who is in the photo. We had come with the pastor and other members of our open and affirming church, Johns Creek Christian Church in Johns Creek GA, to hand out material and to offer communion to anyone who might want it right then and there.
“Unfortunately, we did have a confrontation with some non-affirming, so-called ‘Christians’ who came through with their ‘God hates gays’ signs and megaphones to tell all of us that we were all going to hell. They knocked down our JCCC tent and ripped up our literature! Little did they know, what a powerful teaching moment they created for us – I was again given the opportunity to show my beautiful children that we will stand face to face against many who don’t agree with the Christian message of how we are each created in His image perfectly.
“He created us gay and straight, trans, queer, brown, white or anywhere else along the gender, ethnic, color, or sexual spectrum – not to be changed, but rather to bring glory to His Kingdom. I have taught them that God created us to be true to ourselves and to the world. I was so proud of my church, my children and husband, and all those we met. My family and I are looking forward to Pride celebrations in the future, and to again have the opportunity to show that not all Christians are nuts!”