On Pride: Breeshia Wade
“Pride is a daily commitment, like tending to a garden. The work and honor are daily even if the public celebration comes around once a year.”
As we at NAB celebrate 2021 Pride—as California begins to open up, and we start to find our footing in these long-anticipated after-times—we caught up with North Atlantic authors to ask how they’re marking the month this year. They passed along their queer reading, art, and audio recs, and explored what Pride means (or doesn’t mean) to them; how community evolved during lockdown; experiences and insights from 2020 that are worth bringing forward; and words of love and support for those who aren’t out—or don’t have the ability to be out—right now. Read on below for the Q&A with Breeshia Wade, author of Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow.
What does Pride mean to you? Do you celebrate?
Pride means coming full circle on a journey with my authentic self. It means openly loving the parts of myself that I have been conditioned to believe are unlovable or less than, committing to a practice of making intentional space for those parts of myself to breathe, feel free, and heal. The celebration isn’t always loud and flashy, fun and public. Sometimes the celebration is quietly intense as I choose to lean into delicate experiences that make me uniquely beautiful. Pride is a daily commitment, like tending to a garden. The work and honor are daily even if the public celebration comes around once a year.