When we think of the word Pride - we always think of colorful rainbows and parades by the LGBTQIA+ community. But what if I told you that Pride is not restricted only to the LGBTQIA+ community. Curious? Read on...
Pride inherently means feeling proud of one’s true self especially when the narrative of the identity is associated with being shameful or being unaccepted.
One section of society that often gets ignored is the People with Disability (PwD) Community. PwD are made to feel lesser compared to their non-disabled peers, and to hide their disabilities or are shamed because of their disabilities.
July is celebrated as Disability Pride Month to help remove this feeling of shame, or unacceptance in the minds of PwD and larger society as well. Disability Pride Month exists so that people can engage in conversations about Disability and become accepting and inclusive of people with Disabilities.
Disability Pride, much like LGBTQ+ Pride, is all about celebrating and reclaiming our visibility in public because people with disabilities have historically been pushed out of public spaces.
The meaning of the flag
The Disability Pride Flag was created by Ann Magill, a disabled woman, and each of its elements symbolises a different part of the disability community. Each colour on this flag represents a different aspect of disability or impairment.
The black field: this field is to represent the disabled people who have lost their lives due not only to their illness, but also to negligence, suicide, and eugenics
Red: physical disabilities
Yellow: cognitive and intellectual disabilities
White: invisible and undiagnosed disabilities
Blue: mental illness
Green: sensory perception disabilities.
Want to know more about Disability Pride Month?
Here’s an article from one of our partners, Valuable 500 - https://www.thevaluable500.com/spotlight/disability-pride-month
So, how can we, as a community and allies, celebrate and elevate Disability Pride this July? A great start is by sharing the Disability Pride flag!
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