By Shira Strongin
Rico Pride sat down with me to discuss engaging young adults in advocacy, intersectionality, and hugs.
With an equality symbol tattooed on his wrist there’s no mistaking Rico Pride is an activist. Not only is Rico a fellow incoming freshman at George Washington University, but he is the owner of the "InstaFamous" account Pride Of The Humans that boasts 163K followers to date.
In elementary school Rico first experienced injustice when bullies would use derogatory terms about his identity as a gay man. But instead of accepting the discrimination, he took this as a lesson on the need to speak out against intolerance. Later in high school, he went on to create Pride Of The Humans with the goal of bringing awareness to human rights and politics, and Federico Michelin became Rico Pride. He is an example of how powerful the youth voice is and just how much change one voice can impact. He advises for teens to ignore the ignorant opinions of others and to remember that by becoming an activist, "you are starting a movement, something bigger than yourself" and that’s more important than any negative reactions.
While one might think Pride Of The Humans would be solely focused on LGBT+ issues in America, Rico makes sure the account sheds light on intersectional activism and news around the World. This wasn’t how the page started though and something refreshing is his acknowledgment of the page’s need to evolve as he became more educated of the need for intersectionality. Rico collaborates with others in the Instagram community, to including Amber Amour from Amber the Activist, to ensure this broad focus. He hopes his page inspires others become educated and speak out.
You can get involved by following @prideofthehumans on Instagram and being an active member of the community through liking, commenting, and DMing the page with suggestions/content ideas. Rico also wanted me to include that he wants for followers give him a hug and say “Hi!” if they ever see him on the street.