Pride is, at its core, about self-respect. Pride exists as a rejection of humiliation and hatred. It is a declaration that yes, we are worth no less than the rest of you, whether we are capable of 'passing' or not; that our value as human beings is not determined by our abilities or our impairments; that just like everyone else we have the right to live and love and choose and be.
I am proud because I refuse to be ashamed.
Happy Autistic Pride Day, everyone.