Over the Rainbow: From Shame to Pride

By Eric Dorsa

When we think of the word ‘pride’, we often are reminded of the parades, the colors, the joy, the community, and celebration. Yet for many of us, our journeys towards pride began in shame. We kept our thoughts and feelings around our sexuality and identity a painful secret. In this candid panel, we will explore the effects of long withstanding shame, how to exist in who we are while making room for what we have lost and finding true pride in our identities as LGBTQ+ people.