In Queer contexts (and in many other marginalised communities), this refers to the act of being unashamed.
This is often misunderstood by cishet people to refer to being “proud” in the sense of having achieved something, but it is used as an antonym (that is, an opposite) to shame or social stigma, an act of being out-and-proud. As such, we have Pride parades and festivals.
As such, it is related to promoting Queer agency, dignity, equality and visibility – for Queer people to not merely be hidden away or made taboo.
Originally published: 4th December, 2020
Last modified: 4th December, 2020