Pride in Pictures: A freeing place where I felt alive

Pride in Pictures: A freeing place where I felt alive
Photo: Joe McNamara

For our second annual Pride in Pictures, LGBTQ Nation asked readers to submit a meaningful photo of themselves at Pride.

We have absolutely loved seeing your joy, your glitter, your fabulous outfits, and of course, your pride. Now, we’re spending the summer sharing some of our favorite photos and stories with all of you.

Related: Pride in Pictures 1980s: How the AIDS epidemic changed everything


Doug Riccio


Palm Springs, California, 2019

What makes this photo special to you?

This was the last pride that took place prior to the pandemic. “A Million Moments of Pride” was the name of the event, and it was a spectacular, freeing place where I felt alive and able to be myself. The unbelievable part is that four months later we would be in a war against race, hate, discrimination, intolerance, racism, and bigotry and go through the worst year of our lives with Covid. Life is precious. Don’t take it for granted.

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