I am Jon Barakat, a plant based, fitness obsessed, fashion loving barrel of laughs from Birmingham. Living my best life by not taking it to myself too seriously.
Why is Pride important?
Pride is a celebration of everything the LGBTQIA+ community has achieved and a reminder of how far we have to go. It is a time of visibility and self-affirmation. Pride for me is a nod to the lost boy I was from the man I have become.
How do you find your own Pride?
My Pride came not only from accepting who I am but from finding out what I was good at, what I enjoyed and pursuing my dreams. Nothing makes me prouder than being able to say that I have no regrets in life and I am proud of what I have achieved and who I have become.
How will you be celebrating and showing Pride this year?
I will be celebrating Pride this year in the same way that I do every day! By being unapologetically myself and supporting my fellow LGBTQIA+ family members.
How can we all be better allies to the LGBTQIA+ community?
I think we have all learned in recent times that is no longer enough to be a silent supporter of any minority, movement or cause. We should all speak out about things we believe in and call out homophobia, transphobia and any other form of prejudice. It’s time we stood up for ourselves, for others and made our voices heard.