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‘Pride is a protest not just a celebration.’ Catriona Gray explains the importance of Pride month

Gray had pointed out the misconception of people that LGBTQ issues only affect the LGBTQ community, but then, she explained that people should realize that it is a fight to have “EQUAL RIGHTS” for everyone.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray explained the importance of Pride month, a protest not only for LGBTQ community but also a fight for equality.

In Gray’s Instagram post, she shared her photo showing her support to the LGBTQ community.

“The misconception that LGBTQ issues only matter to those who identify as LGBTQ is a damaging one. It concerns them and not us, some people think. But people need to realize that the fight is not about giving special privileges but providing EQUAL RIGHTS. That’s why ally voices are so important.

“We need to stand up and say that this is not just about the LGBTQ community. It’s about all of us. Now more than ever we need to try and see each other, no matter how different our lives or situations may look, with empathy.

This is why Pride Month is so important. It’s not just about whipping out your rainbow flag. Since the beginning, #Pride has been a protest. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come and to look how far we still have to go. It allows us to reflect on the challenges we still need to overcome and the solutions we still need to find.

HAPPY #PRIDE BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS! 🏳️‍🌈 You are seen. You are loved. You are worthy. ❤🧡💛💚💙💜”

Gray had pointed out the misconception of people that LGBTQ issues only affect the LGBTQ community, but then, she explained that people should realize that it is a fight to have “EQUAL RIGHTS” for everyone. She also urged to have empathy despite differences.

Gray stated that Pride Month is not only a celebration but a protest. This is to reflect on the challenges needed to be overcome and solutions needed to be found.

 

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The misconception that LGBTQ issues only matter to those who identify as LGBTQ is a damaging one. It concerns them and not us, some people think. But people need to realise that the fight is not about giving special privileges but providing EQUAL RIGHTS. That’s why ally voices are so important. We need to stand up and say that this is not just about the LGBTQ community. It’s about all of us. Now more than ever we need to try and see each other, no matter how different our lives or situations may look, with empathy. . This is why Pride Month is so important. It’s not just about whipping out your rainbow flag. Since the beginning, #Pride has been a protest. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come and to look how far we still have to go. It allows us to reflect on the challenges we still need to overcome and the solutions we still need to find. HAPPY #PRIDE BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS! 🏳️‍🌈 You are seen. You are loved. You are worthy. ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

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A netizen asked the former Miss Universe in the comment section with regard to the safety of the protesters saying “What about the safety of LGBTQIA ate cat? I’m your #1 fan but if they will protest during these days who will protest after this pandemic if all are infected by the virus? Who is the voice of the future?”

In response, Gray said that no one is forcing anyone to take part but if there are members who wanted to make themselves heard, for her, they should be allowed to go in public.

“Thanks for your concern! I’m not suggesting that we all go out and rally. Although, if there are members of the community who feel the need to go out in the public to make themselves heard, they should feel free to do so, as long as they take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and others. No one is forcing anyone to take part. We can all protect and make our stand in different ways. Saying Pride is a protest is saying there is something we’re fighting for. Pride is not just a celebration.”

During the Pride March, some of the LGBTQIA+ members were arrested. Gray expressed her sympathy as she defended those who joined the rally and emphasized that they are following health protocols.



“We have the right to raise our voice. Pride, since the beginning, has been a protest. Now is the time to speak up,” Catriona said in her Twitter post.

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