Pride in our eyes

June is Pride Month and we asked Ethiopian LBTQs to submit a picture that represents pride to them. These slides are a selection from the submission. Happy Pride Month.

So it’s that time of the year again, Pride month! 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍🌈

Yes, I’m gay and proud but no, my sense of pride doesn’t come from being born gay. It comes from managing to accept myself as I am and for surviving in this homophobic society where love between same-sex people is criminalized and is punishable by law. 

I’m proud because the hatred made me stronger instead of crushing me down. 

I’m proud because I managed to accomplish everything I’ve ever meant to and will continue doing so, despite what I’ve to go through because of my sexuality. 

I’m proud of the queer community and allies who believe in supporting eachother even though society, culture and religion tells them otherwise. 

So, this Pride month, I celebrate myself and others who stood up against hatred. I celebrate you all for being there for one another and staying strong. 

Yes, I am a strong, a well accomplished and a proud lesbian. 


It’s very important to celebrate pride because I want people here to see my existence and queer peoples existence in the holy land Ethiopia, to celebrate the impact of this particular community’s effort to commemorate those who did their part to cascade their legacy.

I got this bracelet three years ago and I wear it the whole pride month every year. Some people are not comfortable with it, I don’t really give a fuck.

Be yourself ! Love yourself, happy Pride.

I have never celebrated pride, other than sharing a Happy Pride message. I have actually never worn it in Ethiopia. Nothing exciting actually, it is the same as it has always been. I can’t say it is that different.

I am proud because in spite of coming from a community that does not respect difference and wants everyone to be the same, I have managed to create my own world where I have accepted myself and can freely live in an authentic manner. 

Currently in the depths of grief so I can’t say I’m celebrating pride, but burning incense and dancing to this gay ass playlist gives my soul and body a break. Grateful for queer art and artists everywhere 🌈💕

I have become a keyboard queer activist in an effort to be help create a progressive queer Ethiopian community. It is a risky endeavor but as Audre Lorde said, “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” I am proud to be risking it all to serve my queer community. Everyday.

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