Why attend Pride in Montego Bay? “I pride to be free from the societal norms and mental chains that our culture has placed on us,” says Asheen Walford, a coordinator for Montego Bay Pride and an LGBT human rights advocate at Equality Youth Jamaica.
In the run-up to Montego Bay Pride on Oct. 12-15, regional Pride coordinators in Jamaica are focusing on what Pride means to them and to the struggle for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI Jamaicans. This is the second in a planned series of three articles.
What Pride means to me
By Asheen Walford
Jamaica has just celebrated 55 years of independence and emancipation.
But — just like our country of land, wood and water — have we, the “Rainbow People,” been self-emancipated?
I pride to be free from the societal norms and mental chains that our culture has placed on us.
I pride for change.
I pride not just for a gathering of the people, but because I’m a proud advocate. I’m pleased to be a part of the great change that past and present advocates and activists have made, making our three years of Montego Bay Pride possible.
For this reason, I’m enthused. I’m also convinced that this year will be an awesome, fulfilling Pride in MoBay.
I had only been able to attend only last year’s Pride, due to unfortunate events in 2015. This year I’m hoping that we will have a bigger, better and an even more exciting Pride.
This is why I pride! Will you pride too?
Asheen Walford is a Montego Bay Pride coordinator and an LGBT human rights advocate at Equality Youth Jamaica.
Registrations for Montego Bay Pride are currently being accepted online. More information is available at MoBayPride on Facebook.
- Montego Bay Pride: ‘We won’t be in hiding any more’ (August 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Jamaica celebrates twice: Pride, then more Pride (August 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Jamaica needs more Pride, more often (December 2016, 76crimes.com)
- How was Montego Bay Pride a success? Let me count the ways (October 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Jamaican success: Fun + advocacy at Montego Bay Pride (October 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Deliriously happy after Jamaica’s first Montego Bay Pride (October 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Jamaica’s first Pride gets boost from government officials (August 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Why Jamaica Pride 2015 matters (Aug. 4, 2015, Jamaica Observer)
- Montego Bay Pride – here’s why (August 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Commentary: Why Jamaica Pride is important (August 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Star power of Ellen Page supports Jamaica Pride (August 2015, 76crimes.com)