I had turned 18 three months prior to going to my first pride in Atlanta. I went with some friends I made in high school that were the first ones to show me nothing was wrong with me.
I was just gay that’s all it was and I shouldn’t be ashamed of it. I had an amazing time and have been back and will continue to attend Atlanta pride. It was the first time I actually felt safe in public. I’ll never forget it because I got a tattoo during it!