Guest Contributor: Keelia Silvis. Keelia is a queer scientist who believes in the power of communication, advocacy, and civic engagement. She has been a member of the ACLU since November of 2016.
I have always loved Twin Cities Pride. The rainbows, body glitter, and celebratory atmosphere drew me to Loring Park every June. Before coming out, I enjoyed attending the parade and festival as an ally. After coming out, each year Pride gave me greater confidence in my own identity and warmer hope for the future of LGBTQIA+ rights.