I've Got Pride is Elite Daily's celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month. Need inspiration for your parade makeup or Instagram caption? You'll find it here. Looking for words of wisdom about sexuality or advice from experts? Look no further. Kicking off our celebration is our photo shoot on how coming out has changed eight LGBTQIA+ models, influencers, and artists' definition of what makes them feel beautiful. Pride feels different for everybody, so no matter how you raise your rainbow flag or what your sexuality means to you, know you're not alone. You have so much to be proud of.

8 People Share How Coming Out Helped Them Embrace What *Really* Makes Them Beautiful

By Theresa Massony
When I was 12 years old, I remember standing in front of my closet in my bedroom for almost an hour, running back and forth to my full-length mirror, leaving a trail of clothes in my wake. Each time, I tried to shrug off the taunts from the boys too…

I Met The Love Of My Life At My First Pride, & It Changed Me Forever

By Marisa Ewing-Moody
A few weeks before I attended my first Pride Parade, I ordered Chinese takeout and opened the fortune cookie that came with it. The message inside read, “You and your wife will be happy in your life together.” I remember thinking to myself: What if…

My Sexuality Has Changed 3 Times. That Doesn't Make Any Of Them Less Valid.

By Theresa Massony
The first time I realized I wasn't straight, it was 2007, my first year at an all-girls Catholic high school. Beads of sweat formed on my neck and my hands trembled so violently, I had to sit on them. I was silently shrinking into a pew alongside my…

Lachlan Watson On Fighting For Queer Representation — On 'Sabrina' & In Everyday Life

By Iman Hariri-Kia
I find Lachlan Watson lounging around on one of the black leather couches by the Elite Daily office entryway, nonchalantly sipping on an iced coffee. They're dressed in an oversized blazer, black jeans, and chunky booties, and their platinum hair is…

My Little Sister Came Out To Me & It Inspired Me To Come Out To Her

By Willa Bennett
This time last year, my little sister came out to me as bisexual. It was on my way home from work. I stepped off the over-crowded Brooklyn-bound C train to a missed call from my 15-year-old sister. Although we have different mothers, she and I have…

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17 Pride Insta Captions That Show Off Your Rainbow Makeup

By Caroline Colvin
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A New Study Shows That LGBTQ+ Adults Have More Pride In Their Identities Now Than Ever Before

By Rachel Shatto
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Catfishing Girls On MySpace Helped Me Figure Out That I'm A Lesbian

By Adriana Fraser
The year was 2005, and MySpace was the newest, hottest social-networking site on the block. It was also one of the easiest places online to pretend to be someone else. It was there that I realized I'm a lesbian by catfishing girls on Myspace. I'll…

Here's Why Putting Your Gender Pronouns In Your Instagram Bio Can Be An Important Practice

By Griffin Wynne
An Instagram bio can be many things: a joke, a movie reference, a list of all the places you've "lived" (read: studied abroad) with plane emojis or the red pin in between. It can even be a phrase you use to describe yourself (like, genderless…

Why Ignoring My They/Them Pronouns Is More Harmful Than You Might Realize

By Delilah Friedler
Gender-neutral pronouns might seem like a new invention that are difficult to use at first. But whether you know it or not, you already use them every day to talk about someone whose gender you don’t know. (Me: "Do you mind if my friend joins us for…

My Ex-Boyfriend Helped Me Come Out As A Lesbian & Taught Me What True Love Is

By Stephanie Wain
Here's a story you don't hear every day: My ex-boyfriend helped me come out as a lesbian. Truly! Peter*, my ex, helped me become my most authentic self, and I’ve never experienced a love quite as transformative as ours. By the time I came out at…

Dating Apps Helped Me Explore My Sexuality & Find My Place In LA's Lesbian Scene

By Allyson Byers
I had used dating apps before, but when I set up my new OkCupid profile in June 2014, I made a fresh start. This time, for the first time, when asked how I identify, I said "gay." As I swiped through all the women, my stomach filled with excitement…

Instagram Star Benito Skinner Loves To Laugh At Himself, But Says Coming Out Is No Joke

By Iman Hariri-Kia
When I first met my friend, actor and comedian Benito Skinner, he was already going by the moniker Benny Drama — as a college radio host. Skinner was the co-creator of BEAT$, a weekly radio show that half of Georgetown University would regularly…

I Wasn't Out During My First Pride Parade, But That Day Changed My Life Forever

By Dayna Troisi
Pride: the season of glitter and gays, shots and shamelessness, boobs and booze, excitement and ex-girlfriends. Pride is monumental for a lot of reasons (and problematic, depending on who you ask) but no matter how you feel about it, if you’re a…

3 Ways Straight Allies Can Respectfully Support The LGBTQ+ Community During Pride

By Cosmo Luce
When you are straight, and used to most spaces being accessible to you, entering spaces that are not made for you can be an uncomfortable experience. If you want to know how to be a good straight ally during Pride month, the first thing to do is…

3 Ways To Celebrate Pride Month If You're Out & Proud But Your Partner Isn't

By Cosmo Luce
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The Reason The LGBTQ+ Community Celebrates Pride Month During June Is So Inspiring

By Jamie Kravitz
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The Origin Of Pride Month Is Really Fascinating — Here's Why We Celebrate It

By Jamie Kravitz
You might know that LGBTQ+ Pride month takes place in June, with marches, parades, and festivals happening across the country and all over the world. But are you aware of the fascinating history surrounding why we celebrate Pride month? Turns out…