Happy PRIDE Month from the Founder of MLY
June is PRIDE month baby!!
And at MLY we say “Oooohhh yeah!” to love in all it’s forms!
To celebrate we interviewed the Founder of MLY, Ariel White, who’s identified as LGBTQ since she was young, to find out what PRIDE means to her.
What’s your favorite part of PRIDE?
For me, the best part of LGBTQ is celebrating love and sexuality in all its different shades of beautiful.
What does PRIDE mean to you?
I’ve always identified as LGBTQ. Most people wouldn’t assume this about me, but it’s true!
I remember my first two major celebrity crushes when I was a little girl. Atrayu from The Neverending story, a boy close to my own age, and Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science, an incarnation of the Goddess.
Even though I am a very feminine looking woman, married to a man, I’ve always felt fluid in my sexuality… falling in love with the person more than anything else.
I think it is the spirit that makes someone beautiful. To me, gender and genitalia is not important.
In many indigenous cultures there were often those in the tribe called ‘Two Spirits.’ Two Spirits were both man and woman, feminine and masculine… oftentimes they were shamans, teachers, artists. Think of David Bowie and Prince; epic artists that embody both masculine and feminine.
I personally relate to this idea of being a Two Spirit even though to the outside world I look like a feminine woman.
I feel equally connected to both masculine and feminine energies.
What words do you have to offer our community at the end of PRIDE month?
At the end of pride month I want to take a moment as the founder of MLY to say that we celebrate diversity in all of its forms and flavors! We are also inspired and encouraged by younger generations who are tending to explore their identity beyond the constraints and boxes of clearly defined sexuality or gender.
We think it is beautiful when people can be fully themselves, whatever that looks like along the spectrum of expression.
If you study our closest living relatives Bonobos, they are matriarchal, bisexual and solve conflicts with pleasure! “Make love not war.”
While extreme control is on the rise in certain parts of the world, we are still hopeful for the change ahead and celebrate the choices that consenting adults make for themselves. At the end of the day LOVE is the most powerful energy in the world and we will always choose love over fear.
What does flying your flag high and celebrate diversity look like for you?