“PRIDE means LOVE”: Poem by Xesenia Maurice

Maybe it’s cliché to say
A phrase so simple
That can run so deep
Like the currents in our body
As we navigate how to exist, live, and be in this world.
A phrase so many have fought for
And continue to fight for.
A phrase that has seen children kicked out of homes
When they needed their parents the most,
A phrase that has seen people find a chosen family
And a new place to call home.
PRIDE and LOVE are intertwined
Like the embrace of a hug
Like holding hands
Like bodies on the dance floor.
Love is loving yourself enough to accept and
See the beauty of who you are.
Pride is loving yourself enough to advocate
For yourself, your freedom, and your expression.

Accompanying this poem is a poignant performance by Ted and Eli Nash called “Dear Dad”


Tune in to The Nightside with Andy O’ as he celebrates Father’s Day and Pride Month on Sunday, June 16 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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