Finding Pride – Seoul Pride 2018

6E132E3C-94B6-48F9-8790-23D0F1247EF1Seoul Pride came around on July 14th this year and I was more excited than usual because it was my partnerโ€™s first time at Pride. We knew it was going to be hellishly hot, so we made sure to stay hydrated and rather than staying for the whole festival we arrived around 2pm.

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Waiting to cross the street to enter the festival๐ŸŒˆ

A9A2D273-61D4-4B1A-8A98-9C5D987DFE9EEach year that I have attended has had many participants, but it was definitely a lot more crowded than in the past. The crowd was so large that I could hardly see any of the booths inside. Seeing so many people in attendance made my little queer heart sing. Despite all obstacles and difficulties they were there making a stand as a queer person or as an ally.

One of the few booths that we were able to get to๐ŸŒˆ

I didnโ€™t know that the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress would be at Seoul Pride, but Iโ€™m glad that it was there. Itโ€™s imporant for us to be aware of what other queer people go through in countries that donโ€™t have laws to protect them.ย My partner and I decided to take a picture near the dress, but because she isnโ€™t out yet(neither am I๐Ÿ˜…) I had to cover her face. We both hope to be out to everyone one day, but for several hours that day we were able to hold hands, kiss each other publicly and we were recognized as a couple. No strange looks or hate from anyone insideโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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This womanโ€™s sign is saying not to get the mark of the beast๐Ÿ˜‚

We walked around and decided to go outside of the festival grounds to see what the protestors were up to. I wanted to see how many hateful people decided to show up this year and it wasnโ€™t that many. This is my 4th Pride in Seoul and the protesters numbers look as though they are dwindling while our numbers keep growing. I actually feel sorry for them, because among them I am sure there were people who are closeted and afraid. There were probably others who are oppressed by the dogma of their religion and of course there are those who are just hateful. Iโ€™m sure the complexities are much deeper than this, but they must live very sad lives to put that much effort into trying to stop others from being themselves and living life freely.

Waiting for the parade to start๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

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One of many lame signs from the protesters

 

Yes, you are lovedโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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Just a small portion of the paradeโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

It was hot and we were tired, but we survived the heat and had an amazing time. We left feeling physically tired, but spiritually high. The energy that everyone emitted was powerful, full of love, pride and unafraid. We were there to demonstrate our right to exist and celebrate our differences. No matter what your sexual or gender identity is, you have a right to be you. You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are loved. Love is love is love is loveโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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Author: Witch Hazel

Hi, Iโ€™m the Witch Hazel. Iโ€™m a queer, Caribbean-American witch currently living in Asia. I donโ€™t claim to be an expert, but I would like to share my experiences and thoughts on my solitary path, as well as my travels and any other things I see as interesting. May the goddess guide us ๐ŸŒ’๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ˜

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