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.
Dresden Grogan and Dalton Goulette
Los Angeles, California
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What makes this photo special to you?
“Last year was my first time being able to attend a Pride event. To be invited to attend this event by my son, Dalton, made it that much more special to me. His entire life I have told him, ‘to thine own self be true’, no matter what! I am so proud of the person he is, and the person he strives to be every day. It has always been a gift to be his mother.
“I remember as we were entering the event, my son telling someone that I was his mom. That person said, ‘Oh, wow! I haven’t talked to my Mom in a long time.’ Hearing that broke my heart. I could never fathom not being a part of, and sharing moments like this, with my child or children. So, I turned to them and said, ‘Well, you have a Mom here for you now!’
“So, I want to express my love and support to all of the incredible and talented LGBTQ young people that I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting through my son over the years, and share my gratitude. They have welcomed me with open arms to be a part of their lives as well, and they will ALWAYS have a mother’s love.”