Pride in Pictures: Juggling through life

Sophie Ross in the Portland Pride Parade. June 16, 2019.
Sophie Ross in the Portland Pride Parade. June 16, 2019.Photo: Sophie Ross

So we can celebrate virtually, LGBTQ Nation 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.

Name: 

Sophie Ross

Location:

Portland, Oregon

Related: Archived Getty Images photos show the evolution of Pride through the years

What makes this photo special to you?

“I have survived through my young adulthood in repression and isolation from my community, and I can’t believe it took me so long to get here. It was nice to be around so many people like me, and have an opportunity to share a talent – juggling – in the parade! I never expected to be in the actual parade for my first Pride!

“In fact, I was living out of a van with my partner at the time of these very pictures. It was nice just getting carried away in the celebratory atmosphere at Pride, to forget my struggle for a little while and just enjoy being at a safe place surrounded by people I share some sort of kinship with.”

Sophie Ross in the Portland Pride Parade. June 16, 2019.
Sophie Ross in the Portland Pride Parade. June 16, 2019. Sophie Ross
Sophie Ross juggling at the Portland Pride Parade, June 16, 2019.
Sophie Ross juggling at the Portland Pride Parade, June 16, 2019. Sophie Ross

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