My First Pride Fest

One of the the main topics I write about here at LADYHOOD journey is equality. It has bothered me year-after-year that I have not been able to attend the annual Pride Fest, the Equality March or Pride in the Street, in my own city. This year, of course I am busy with my daughter and building my brand and business, but I made a commitment that I had to be there to support my LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters in their fight for equality and freedom; to live in peace and to love who they desire. 


Pittsburgh Pride 2017 

On Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, Pride Fest was hosted on Liberty Avenue between 6th Street and 10th Street, with over 100 vendors, games, entertainment and multiple stages with performances that uplifted and empowered those in attendance. On Saturday, as provided by The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, Jennifer Hudson performed for Pride in the Street. Pittsburgh Pride 

According to their President Gary A. Van Horn Jr., days prior, “We’re excited to welcome Jennifer to Pittsburgh for the first time…She’s been a fierce advocate for the LGBT community using her influence in music and film to bring people together, which is what Pride is about. We think everyone will be excited to see — and hear — an amazing performance.” Jennifer Hudson to headline Pittsburgh Pride in the Street 

I was unable to attend this event, but from the Snap Chats, Tweets and News Feed on FB, I know J. Hud made her mark in the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh. 

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Sunday morning, The EQT Equality March 2017 began at PPG Paints Arena and ended at Liberty Avenue. This march for equality consisted of “floats, marching, people proudly showing who the LGBT community is in Pittsburgh.”  Pittsburgh Pride

Pittsburgh Pride Fest 2017 

I was so excited to attend my first Pride even though I could not make all events. I was able to participate in Pride Fest on Sunday, June 11th with my best friend and two of her good friends. After parking in the Strip District, we headed to Liberty Ave. in the blistering heat carrying our water bottles. As soon as we reached the street, the colors of the rainbow shined proud throughout the entire crowd. People walked together hand-in-hand, smiling, laughing, singing, dancing… it was beautiful seeing members of the LGBTQIA+ community and heterosexual supporters, like myself, join together to celebrate Pride and equality. 

The vendors consisted of tables to win Pride merchandise, food stands and food trucks, but we were interested in the alcohol vendors. At first we decided to try the bars on Liberty Ave. but you needed a wrist band that cost $10, but you still had to pay for your drinks, so obviously we did not take that route. For those with money, this was a great option because the wrist band allowed you to take your drink from bar-to-bar.

The street vendors served a 12 oz. cup of well-liquor for $8 and a few others had specialty drinks that ranged from $10-$15. This was extremely frustrating because, you could easily spend $20 in a hour on two drinks. The performances were uplifting and kept the crowd pumped, but buying drinks was extremely difficult. At first, I almost decided not to drink because of the prices, but I gave in to the music and got in line to order. 

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So once, I got a few sips in, I realized why the drinks were $8 each, because whoever the bartender was, had  a heavy hand. Two sips in, I could feel my body temperature raise. I would only need two drinks with the amount of alcohol in each cup. My best friend and I lost our group, but we drank, danced, walked up a down Liberty Ave.

To cool off, we decided to sit by the August Wilson Center, and watch the performances on stage. After a bit, we decided to try to find our friends we came with. Out of know where, I ran into other friends, family, and people I have not seen in over 10 years when I attended CAPA High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. I am not sure why I was shocked, but I never realized that I have a well-rounded group of people in my life that also have the same beliefs that I do; that everyone should be treated as equal.

(Please read my posts #equalitymeansequality and I Hate That Word… to learn more about how I feel about equality and to those who are against the LGBT+ community) 

We all learned that we had mutual friends and decided to bar-hop together up-and-down Liberty Ave. 

It felt so good to be surrounded by individuals that I knew, who all have the same values; who love, love, and who strive for equality for all. 

The best part of my day was when this guy came up behind me and whispered, “selfie” and immediately started dancing behind me. I grabbed my phone and started snapping shots…. the lighting was horrible but the love was real and that is what PRIDE is all about.


Pride 2018 

I cannot wait to go back to Pride Fest in 2018. Nothing is perfect, but the people are always perfect. I smiled the entire time because downtown Pittsburgh was literally filled with love and light! 

If you have never been to Pride Week or a Pride Fest in your hometown, go and show your support because your voice matters. Support equality and lets open our minds to our differences. #equalitymeansequality #Pride2017 

Pinkspen 

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Dear non-Muslims, I’m Sorry.

There are so many words that I can share in regards to the importance of this post, but I think reading it provides enough insight to its purpose and value.

Thank you Scottish Muslimah for speaking out against the stereotypical discrimination that Muslims face, and for creating such an insightful post!

You are such a strong advocate, and I appreciate your voice and your purpose in educating those who have a bias against Muslims!

-Pinkspen

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Scottish Muslimah

“I’m sorry.” They said. For the umpteenth time. It occurred to them that, in fact, they had nothing to be sorry for but if they didn’t say it, life would be much harder.

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Dear non-Muslims,

I’m sorry that innocent people all over the world have been killed.

I’m sorry that the killers associate themselves with my religion.

I’m sorry that these terrorists groups are somehow being funded and are able to exist.

I’m sorry that people have been marginalised and ostracised to the extent that they were able to be radicalised.

I’m sorry that Muslims who are killed by terrorists get little to no coverage in the media.

I’m sorry that you don’t understand my religion.

I’m sorry that you think I am responsible for any act of terror because people who carry out those acts claim to follow the same religion as me.

I’m sorry that you don’t…

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#BlackLivesMatter: pro-life/pro-choice

I read a post Black Lives Matter by an anti-abortion blogger.

As a black mother, of course the title caught my eye, but it was the statement that started my journey to a greater knowledge.

Original statement: “Four out of ten black children are killed in the womb. Black lives matter?

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Quotes for Life 

“Where after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Test they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in, the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works.

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Challenging Feminism

Women have come so far. I reblogged this post because of the validity of some of the points the original blogger made. Truly valid.

I think we as women have made much progress, but there is still more to fight for because equality is essential in all areas of life for women and men. Keep marching, keep fighting for our rights; the rights below the surface. Yes, we can vote, work, drive cars, and own our own businesses, but the sly looks you get from men in power, the overlook, the shun, the disrespect, sexual harrassment…. yes, we still have to fight for that!

We must, as women continue to value human life. It is important to me to educate women to be the best versions of themselves because it is something I am always working on, and all women deserve to know that they truly are the core of life, and no matter the stereotypical discrimation, never back down, fight through a mans personal bull****!

The emotional and psychological struggles that cause women to doubt their potential, disgusts me, but it is embedded in our society. It’s the foundation. Every day, we must try to rebuild that foundation.

-Pinkspen

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BeautyBeyondBones

Lately, it’s been really weird to be a woman.

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Not because of any fashion or makeup trends…although, I will say…I don’t quite understand the reemergence of the shoulder pad.

But because of all the recent hyper focus on…feminism.

The Women’s March, International Women’s Day, protests, walk outs, I mean, we get it already

But to be honest, I am confused by the whole matter.

Women are not marginalized in the United States of America. 

What are they fighting for? Why all the anger?

Now listen, I know that this post is probably going to garner a lot of backlash, but you know what, that’s okay. I would love to hear thoughts on all sides of this issue. Truly. Every person is entitled to their own viewpoints, and I respect those feelings, even if they differ from mine. And of course, there is always room for improvement in removing some lingering…

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Call me a F***** Lover

I read a post yesterday evening that completely disturbed me…

Anyone that reads my blog, knows that I a pro-equality… there are so many advocates that only support the concerns that they feel are important. All advocacy is beneficial to a cause, whether its lead in the water, the #blacklivesmatter movement, poor education systems, or poverty…

But, how can you fight for true equality, if you consider some concerns, and yet dismiss others? That is an alternative fact!

Equality for LGBTQIAP+ is a cause that is just as important as any other, and should be fought for by those with privilege; heterosexuals

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