So I work in a supermarket that has its own radio station. I’m at work today, and whatever song was playing ends, and the DJ comes on to do the ad reads. It ends with an announcement.
“Here at SUPERMARKET, we’re PROUD to celebrate PRIDE MONTH! This June, we’ll be honouring the LGBT+ community by playing all the PRIDE AND PARTY ANTHEMS, right here on SUPERMARKET RADIO!”
And then they immediately played the Ghostbusters theme
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I know here on tumblr.org many of you are not that into the sportsball, but I know you love righteous drama and pettiness, and oof, do we have some for you over in football land.
So Hungary, as you may've heard, has put out some anti-LGBT legislation that would ban the depiction or promotion of homosexuality to people under 18. It's not quite law yet but it's just got to get through their president Viktor Orban who is, unfortunately, a shit.
Meanwhile, football, no the other kind of football- the one with the round ball, is currently having a big European tournament. Euro 2020. Yeah, they didn't rename it. Doesn't matter.
Germany were due to play Hungary last night in Munich and they asked the governing body of the tournament for permission to light up the stadium in a rainbow. Like this:
But they said no. Specifically, they said no while dressed in a rainbow pfp and claiming that the rainbow isn't a political symbol:
And Germany, bless them, looked at that and said, ooh bitch it's on now.
Munich city hall got out the banners
Here are the fans going to the match
The German captain Manuel Neuer in his rainbow armband (which UEFA had previously made noises about disciplining him for, because they're bastards all around)
A brief selection of the many stadiums across Germany that lit up in solidarity
And last but not least this absolute madlad who ran onto the pitch during Hungary's anthem
Viktor Orban stayed at home and sulked, and Hungary got knocked out of the tournament.
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Coming out is not some rite of passage allowing you to finally be proud of yourself. Read that again.
You should be proud of yourself because you have jumped into deep and unknown territory on a quest to explore who you are. It's a journey we, sadly, often start alone. We feel lost. We are in the dark, with no one to guide us. On this quest, we face many challenges. We have to fight self-doubt, denial, fear, society, and monsters. It's scary. Every day we have to find the strength to take a step closer to accepting ourselves in a world where many discourage us not to. It's one heck of a quest.
The journey you are on takes courage. And a lot of it. It's hard. And that's why I don't want you to think that you need to be out to be proud. For real, please take a moment to realize this. You are on a journey most people will never have to endure. Don't you see how strong you are? If you are not already telling yourself this, I will: Dear beautiful, brave soul; I am so proud of you. Continue your quest. You will make it. All of us have your back. You are not alone. Never forget this. Stay proud.
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