Sept. 21, 2015, My first pride experience was a historic moment in my life. I never went to a pride celebration until I was a sophomore in college. My best friend Cynthia and I were roomies at A&M Commerce and she, being more experienced in the pride festivities than me, suggested that we pull a road trip to Pride Dallas. When we finally arrived in Dallas that day, there was immediately so many eclectic displays that encompassed the LGBTQIAPK community. We saw the parade, met new friends, and saw drag shows galore. Our new friends knew the way of pride already, with some bottles in their cooler, the next thing I knew we were taking mouth shots in the middle of the parade and catching beads like it was Mardi Gras. As we walked the streets with James our Pride Guide, I began to feel myself feeling freer than I ever had before. I felt like I had found a place of true acceptance and a judgement free environment. By the end, I romping through the streets of Dallas in my bra and short-shorts, something I have always been hesitant to do due to a lack of confidence, but that day at pride showed me that there are so many areas of your life to find confidence and freedom and Pride brought that out for me.