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Pride can be an overwhelming experience for newcomers, as well as for those who aren’t exactly accepting of the LGBTQ community. Sometimes, your parents are both of these people, so it’s understandable if you’d rather not celebrate Pride with them.

But if your parents want to celebrate Pride with you and you’re looking for reasons why you should, don’t worry! Here are five reasons why we think it’s okay to bring your parents to Pride.

1. They get to learn more about the queer community

If your parents are genuinely curious about what it’s like to be part of the LGBTQ community, Pride is a good way to show them an overview. Today’s Pride parades are made up of the different aspects of the LGBTQ community, ranging from the family-friendly to the more adult side of things.

2. They get to see that Pride is for families too

The way some people talk about Pride, you’d think it was the Folsom Street Fair on steroids. But today’s Pride celebrations are as diverse as the LGBTQ community itself. There are Pride celebrations all over the country that have family-friendly components, and you can take your parents there if you don’t want them to see the more risqué parts of Pride.

3. It’s a way for the4m to share about their own experiences with the LGBTQ community

One thing’s for sure, the way Pride was celebrated during your parent’ time is very different from the way we celebrate it today — if they even celebrated Pride at all. Bringing your parents to Pride allows them to share their own perspective and lets you see how the community has changed over time.

4. You get to spend time with them on your own terms

Each one of us has probably had the experience of having our parents gently nag us about visiting them and spending time with them. Inviting them to Pride takes care of this easily, and you get to meet them in an environment where you can feel safe and part of a larger community.

5. This could be the start of a new family tradition

As overwhelming as Pride can be, it can also be a really fun experience. If everything goes well and both you and your parents have an enjoyable time, you can make this an annual thing which really strengthens the bond between you and your parents.

These are just some of the reasons why we think bringing your parents to Pride is a good idea. Have any other reasons to share? Share it with us in the comments below!

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