By Nichole "Chol" Romero-Dungan
Pagan Pride Day was organized for people to show pride in our spiritual diversities. It is a day that gives us the ability to be more verbal and visual in the hopes of educating the public, bridging barriers, and breaking stereotypes.
The article written by Naomi Fry about the portrait series “Major Arcana: Witches in America,” by photographer Frances F. Denny was one of my inspirations to start thinking about the power and magic that comes from what we wear. The portrait series is a powerful display of spiritual women who call themselves “witches.” The whole series aimed to avoid “easy formulas and, instead, to exhibit the heterogeneity and individuality of modern day witches.
As a community coming together for pride in our diverse spiritual beliefs, we must realize this power we wield by just the clothing we wear, let alone what we say. Just as Denny gathered a very diverse group of women, and asked them to “wear an outfit or bring along an item that they felt would represent their practice and identity as witches,”… I ask and encourage our diverse community, not just the women, to be a visible pagan. To show us your pride by wearing that which represents your identity as a Pagan.
As I prepare, organize, and center myself for a day of pride, I want to do my best to be a Visible Pagan. To wear something that represents my practice as an Eclectic Spiritualist…as a Pagan: someone whose belief system is outside the main world religions. Coming from a place of agree to disagree, of live and let live, I hope to inspire everyone to teach and learn from each other so we all may grow.
I look forward to share in everyone’s visible pagan pride!