May 25th is the annual celebration of all that is geek. Geek Pride Day is all about being proud of who you are. After all, the geek shall inherit the Earth.
The primary way to celebrate Geek Pride Day is to let your inner geek out. Get together with friends for a friendly game of Magic, watch your favorite geek flick, pick up a comic book, go LARPing, carry a towel, but above all just enjoy being yourself.
The earliest predecessor of Geek Pride Day were events called the Geek Pride Festival between 1998 to 2000, which were organized by Tim McEachern. Years later a fiesta was held all over Spain in 2006 celebrating geek pride to the slogan, “whoever is not geek, raise your lightsaber”. The event was held on May 25th, the anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope. The goals of the event was to protest the use of the word geek as a pejorative, celebrate their differences, and above all else have fun. In 2008 the event garnered enough attention to cross the Atlantic ocean and was celebrated in the United States.
The organizers of the 2006 celebration in Spain created a set of geek rights and responsibilities.
The right to be even geekier.
The right to not leave your house.
The right to not like football or any other sport.
The right to associate with other nerds.
The right to have few friends (or none at all).
The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
The right to be out of style.
The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
The right to show off your geekiness.
The right to take over the world.
Be a geek, no matter what.
Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
To save and protect all geeky material.
Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
Try to take over the world!
Geek Pride Day is really about the celebration of differences, appreciating what is unique about us, and being comfortable in your own skin. Geek Pride isn’t just for science fiction, technology, or comic book fans; fundamentally it’s about tolerance and acceptance for everyone and that’s something everyone should celebrate.