IT’S A PRIDE CELEBRATION, PEOPLE!
I think this goes without saying, but hell, I’ll state it anyways. In fact, I will shout it from the rooftops! Those of us who are in the adult novelty industry don’t just celebrate LGBT Pride one month out of the year. We celebrate it all year round. And you know what? I am damn proud of that.
Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely, positively love seeing all of the support from cities, industries, celebrities and schools that honor Pride Month every June in their own special ways. It actually blows my mind to watch the encouragement and admiration that’s out there for our LGBT friends, and I cannot say enough about how happy this makes me feel. There is so much positive momentum out there for pride! It’s just that I think we, in the sex toy industry, tend to see pride through a slightly different lens...and it’s one that reflects brightly, and in rainbow-color, 365 days a year. It’s a magnificent glow!
Perhaps the sex toy industry is unique in this way. Or perhaps it’s the precise nature of sex toys that run an interesting parallel or analogy to the pride community. Think about it. Sex toys are often hidden away in the sock drawer because it would be “too much” for some people to see them out on display daily. (Of course, sex toys come out and play for all of the pride parades across the country.) Also, sex toys seem to have this “shameful” or “forbidden” cloud looming over them still, which is absolutely ridiculous and unwarranted, but perhaps an all-too-familiar concept for some folks in the LGBT population. Starting to see the connection?
You know, it’s this time of year in particular that we focus on Pride Month, but honestly, I’m all about lifting these clouds, airing out the bullshit, and embracing sex and sexuality in its entirety July through May, also. You want to marry your best friend who just so happens to be a woman, too? Let’s celebrate that in November! You want to transition so that you can feel amazing in your own skin? Let’s celebrate your decision in April! You want to masterbate with a vibrator after work because it helps you destress after a long day? Let’s celebrate that in January...or maybe even today! LOL.
And shit, while I’m on a roll, I’d like to add the following words: lesbian, masturbate, anal sex, cock ring, clit, butt plug, lube, blow job! SEX, SEX, SEX! It happens in all ways, in all shapes, and in all forms - and it happens all year round. When it’s all said and done, sex, particularly when we can freely and proudly express ourselves in the way we want to, brings us pleasure, sometimes extreme pleasure. And pleasure, my friends, is something worth honoring today, tomorrow, and well beyond June! Life is a celebration, people, and good sex is my favorite part of the party!