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Celebrating Beyond Pride Weekend

As I think about it, I have no regrets for deciding not to participate in San Francisco’s pride weekend this year. This decision is providing me with numerous opportunities for self-care, visiting with a few friends in a quiet atmosphere and providing me with opportunity to sleep in Saturday morning.

As I continue to embrace my queerness, I find that celebrations like pride weekend are important on many levels for those who are curious, coming out, feeling their exuberance, and in some cases for drunken revelry.

Many of us enjoy daily opportunities to celebrate who we are and do not limit it to one weekend a year. I believe that being a member of the LGBTQ community is more than just being in a parade, buying a rainbow necklace from a vendor, or dancing the night away with a 1000 other people.

Liberation must also be about internalized freedom for many of us who live in cities like San Francisco or New York City or San Diego or Miami. Internalize homophobia and transphobia is alive and well within the LGBTQ community. It is this liberation that we need to continue to work towards, especially for those of us who are in the generations that remember a world without AIDS and marriage equality.

By Rev. Daniel Borysewicz

Rev. Daniel Borysewicz is a progressive chaplain and spiritual leader seeking radical inclusion for all people; regardless of race, nationality, sexual or gender identity, or socio-economic class. Daniel works to provide solutions for problems that individuals have difficulty dealing with; shame and internalized homophobia and transphobia are some examples, and assists in connecting people with others for mutual benefit. Social justice is also an important part of his work. Daniel graduated from Pacific School of Religion, May 2013 with a MDiv and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion and is currently working as a Hospice Chaplain in Walnut Creek and an Assistant Night Minister in San Francisco.