The Items at Home That Remind People of Pride All Year Round

published Jun 30, 2022
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Pride month may be coming to a close, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating (and fighting for our rights). Pride — and queer identity — extends beyond the month of June, and doesn’t have to be all about rainbows or flags (though we love both!).

We asked our Instagram followers to share some items in their homes that remind them of Pride, and here’s what they came up with.

Credit: Matt Rudkin
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Johnny on full display in the living room

“‘For Johnny’ by Ralph Temple is a sketch of Temple’s lover, Johnny, that I found at the Antiques Garage in Healdsburg, California. Temple was a gay man and San Francisco-based artist who played a critical role during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Temple was one of many activists in the Bay Area helping to disseminate information in order to educate the LGBT community about the virus early in the pandemic. Johnny ‘sits’ in my living room front and center, not only as a symbol of love, but also community engagement and activism.” Matt Rudkin, he/him, Twin Peaks, San Francisco

Credit: Ritu
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This is a picture of an vignette setup over my dresser. It shows the pride element in my DIY colorful candle holders made of discarded glass bottles, placed in front of another of my DIY which is a checkerboard wooden tray. I've also placed two of my favourite perfumes in front of a glass bottle which is being reused a vase.

“I believe I’m quite a colorful person. I love good art and sustainable DIY projects. The items at my home that remind me of pride are mostly my art projects and the occasional pretty rainbow unicorn sponge that I use as a decor now, because why not? The art projects that remind me of pride include a Takashi Murakami rainbow flower embroidery piece I created and some glass candle-holders I crafted out of tiny discarded glass bottles.” Ritu, she/her, Kolkata, India

Credit: Tessa Benau
Rainbows for Pride (and all year round).

“My sun catcher, hanging in my kitchen window, makes rainbows bounce all over my kitchen. The rainbows remind me of Pride and make me smile.” Tessa Benau, she/her, Brooklyn, New York

What items in your home remind you of Pride?