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.
Manhattan, New York
Related: Pride in Pictures: I’ll never forget
What makes this photo special to you?
“It took me until the age of 66 to finally have enough courage to attend my first Pride March. I went to New York City Pride by myself, without fear of scorn or rejection, on June 24, 2018. I was finally surrounded by my people & it felt awesome & liberating.
“I am the one on the left wearing my Pride shirt and with my hands up.”