Pride parade crowdI didn’t give a specific “extended acronym” here because we’re constantly cycling through new ones. Possibly the earliest one was “GBLTF” — with the F standing for either “Friends” or “Fiends”, whichever you preferred. Just off the top of my head, I’ve been around for LGBTTSQQIAA, LGBTQQAAIIP2K, MOGAI, and QUILTBAG, and all of those had fallen into disuse by the time I wrote this strip, let alone the time this annotated version comes around.

Cookies if you can unpack them all now without googling.

The point is, whatever letter(s) you go by: as long as you support all of them, you belong. “I’m a straight cis ace, can I still–” Yes, as long as you’re gonna be cool, show up and be welcome! “My hobby is saying mean things on the internet about trans people, but I’m gay, so–” No, you’re being a dick, go away, I don’t care how gay you are. And so on.

Had to resurrect Jessica Lake to fill up the “ally” panel, because she, Naresh, and Köhler are very nearly the only straight/cis people in the entire cast. (…Ann Walker counts too, but she wouldn’t show up to a pride parade. Miranda doesn’t count, since she falls under “questioning.”)

The labrys lesbian flag, on Connie and Jany, was designed in 2000 by Sean Campbell. Sharon’s skirt has my favorite “present-day lesbian flag redesign.”

If you love and support LGBT+ people, you belong at Pride.

Doesn’t matter if you’re the L, the G, the B, or the T,

or if you prefer one of the other letters in the latest version of the extended acronym,

or even if you are the straightest, cis-est person in the world. Or maybe you don’t have yourself all figured out yet. That’s fine too!

Naresh: Eyyyy.
Miranda: Okay, definitely not you.

You can be here to celebrate yourself, your family, your friends and your loved ones, and/or basic human decency.

– I Love My Gay Sister
– LGBT Rights Are Human Rights

As long as you champion our rights to love who we want, live who we choose, have access to whatever medical treatment we need and all the legal equality we deserve,

then you belong at Pride. No matter who you are. Come out and celebrate with the rest of us.