Something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months now is to create a tag. While planning my own posts for 30 Days of Pride, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to make one of my own. And thus, the 30 Days of Pride Tag was born. To create the prompts for this tag, I used 11 different colors on various versions of the rainbow pride flag throughout history and what they were added to represent. I want to stress that this is not a book tag. Therefore, you don’t have to run a book blog, BookTube, or other type of bookish platform to do this tag!
- Credit the original author of the tag — Ace Of Bens
- Make sure you copy and paste these rules and notes at the beginning of the tag.
- Tag as many or as few people as you’d like!
- This tag originally uses the word “queer” as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community, but you are free to change it to whatever term or abbreviation you are most comfortable with for your own post.
- You don’t have to be out to be proud of who you are. Therefore, you can still do this tag if you aren’t out to everyone you know, as long as you feel comfortable and safe doing it!
- Don’t feel obligated to answer all of these questions or to even do this if you are tagged. I want this to be a fun pride month post, not a source of anxiety for anyone.
- Happy Pride Month!
Black & Brown: People of Color — Who is your favorite queer celebrity/creator of color?
Alright, okay, so I definitely have to name a few: Janelle Monáe, Hayley Kiyoko, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Amandla Stenberg, Sebástian Sotomayor, Samira Wiley, Mark Oshiro, Joy Huerta, Halsey, Mariko Tamaki, and many more!
Lavender: Diversity — Name a piece of media (movie, TV show, book, podcast, etc.) with queer representation that you admire for its overall diversity.
For this, I’m only going to name one, and it’s going to be Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Admittedly, I’m not caught up on the new season because I am a terrible slacker when it comes to television shows. That aside, all that I have seen of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is hilarious, wholesome and incredibly diverse. When my friend introduced me to this show, explaining that it was a comedy about cops, my internal reaction was something along the lines of “Um, no cops at pride. Pass.” But I watched a few episodes with her and quickly became obsessed with the diverse cast, the self-aware writing, and the show’s amazing handling of timely issues. It’s a truly wonderful TV show!
Pink: Sex — What are your sexual and romantic orientations and gender identity? (If you’re comfortable sharing!)
Labels are tough for me because I feel more comfortable with specific titles and the communities they come with; yet, I feel like I jump between identities fairly often. I say this because what I put here now could change in the next few months or couple of days! Right now I’m identifying myself as a non-binary man who is demisexual biromantic.
Red: Life — What point of your life were you at when you first learned about the queer community? What point were you at when you realized you were a part of it?
I was in elementary school when my family explained homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism to me. But I didn’t know what LGBT meant until high school. That was when I realized it was a whole community with its own culture. Probably a year or so after that was when I realized I was part of the queer community.
Orange: Healing — Community is a huge part of healing. How has this community helped you become more comfortable in your own skin?
Finding the online queer community and connecting with my local queer community has helped me SO much. I don’t know where I’d be if I had never found people to explain terms like asexual, non-binary, and romantic orientation to me. I don’t know where I’d be if I’d never found trans guys in my town to guide me on what doctors to see and where to look with HRT and surgeries.
Yellow: Sunlight — What is something about the queer community and/or culture that makes you happy? Something you find joy or light in.
Deep Answer: I love that even though we get into some nasty inter-community fights and disagree, there is still an overwhelming amount of people with an overwhelming amount of love to give. There are enough good people to drown out the bad, and I love being a part of this community of beautiful people.
Not-So-Deep Answer: The memes. We sure know how to make some damn good memes in this community.
Green: Nature — How have you grown since last pride month?
Oh gosh. One of the first things that comes to mind is that I’ve come out to myself and others as non-binary since last June. I’ve connected with so many new people online and offline in the community for bookish/publishing-, trans resource-, and politics-related reasons. Also, I’ve become a much more confident person in general. I think if I go into any more detail this will become more of an essay than an answer because so much has happened since June 2018.
Turquoise: Magic/Art — When you found a label that fit or realized you were queer in some way, was your moment of realization a magical feeling of relief?
Both moments were rather casual for me. I knew what the words lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender all meant by the time I was out of elementary school. My immediate family was always pretty chill about that topic and talking to me about accepting people in the queer community. I think that contributed to me thinking “What if I dated a girl? That’d be cool,” and moving on in high school, then, later on, realizing, “I think I’d fit into the world better if people referred to me as a guy.” Neither of these moments were huge, “Holy crud, this is it!” moments for me.
Indigo: Serenity — Would you say you’re at a point of self-discovery that you’ve found inner peace with your gender and sexual identities?
I mentioned above that I still struggle with labels and what exactly to call myself from time to time. Still, I’d say that I’ve found peace with my being queer. In all honesty, I am not ashamed to be a part of this community, and anyone who knows me in real life or has been following me on social media knows this. I pride myself on being an advocate for this community. I pride myself on being a part of this community.
Violet: Spirit — How are you getting into the spirit of Pride Month?
The biggest way I’m getting into the spirit is by hosting this blog series! It’s already been such an amazing time to work with everyone who is guest posting and being featured on my blog this month and it’s only been four days! I’m also going to be participating in #PrideLibrary19, which is a daily photo and blog book challenge hosted by Anniek, Hâf, and Michelle.
Tagging to do the 30 Days of Pride Tag: Amy @ Bookish Heights; Anniek @ Anniek’s Library; Bailey @ The Book Stack; Becca @ Becca’s Book Realm; Cait @ Cait’s Books; Chloe @ The Elven Warrior; Kitty @ Jellyfable; Madalyn @ Novel Ink; Melanie @ Mel To The Any; Savvy @ Savvy The Book Royal; and everyone else who sees this and think it’ll be a coll tag to do (because it will be!)