Jericho Brown and Carmen Maria Machado on the Meaning of Pride

June 17, 2020

For The New York Times, authors Jericho Brown and Carmen Maria Machado examine their personal relationships to Pride, 50 years after the first Pride March. “When I think of Pride and its marches,” Brown says. “I think of my younger self overwhelmed by those crowds at that parade almost 20 years ago. Indeed, the earliest Pride celebrations I attended looked more like Mardi Gras parades than the civil rights marches I was raised to revere.” Meanwhile, Machado reflects, “Pride should not be a smug acknowledgment of a job well done, or a job that’s done at all. If you understand the work to be over, you are mistaken.”

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is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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