In 2015, it became legal to marry someone of the same gender in the United States. In 2019, an openly gay (white) man ran for president. Just this month, the Supreme Court declared that members of the LGBTQ+ community couldn’t lose their jobs for being who they are. It’s easy to think, then, that this country has progressed past the point of treating people unequally. But any recent major headline or broadcast proves this tempting assumption gravely wrong; look no further than the national uprising following the death of George Floyd to see that American society grossly values the lives of white people above all others—especially those who are Black. Between this historic moment and the pandemic, this June has been a Pride Month like no other in recent memory. But, welcomely, it bears close resemblance to Pride Months past, when the emphasis was on protest and rebellion—often led by Black and brown LGBTQ+ activists—rather than empty, corporate parades. “This year, now and always, we must remember that Pride was always intended to be a revolt, an uprising, a confrontation with the anti-Black police state and transphobic regimes,” says Golden, a Black gender nonconforming trans-femme photographer. They are one of the 21 queer photographers—all of whom are also Black, indigenous, and/or people of color—whom W asked to illustrate how they personally define pride and queer identity this June. Celebrate Pride with a spectrum of opinions on what exactly that means, here.