Pride Month: All You Need to Know About This Celebration

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June is all about celebrating people’s identities. Pride Month embraces the wonderful diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and being true to yourself!

What is LGBTQIA+?

Wanting to move towards inclusivity, the shorter LGBT has expanded. Thus, adding new letters to represent members of the community. Keep reading to see what this acronym represents and means to Pride.

The expanding of identities shows how our language can evolve to encompass and represent more people. 

The Origins of Pride

Pride Month honours the Stonewall riots. 

Occuring at the end of June in 1969, this demonstration happened at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of NYC. Very few establishments welcomed gay people at that time because of laws against homosexuality. 

In response to a police raid, Stonewall’s patrons fought back against those imposing an anti-gay legal system. Being a catalyst for the gay liberation movement, this event is a landmark in LGBTQIA+ rights. 

A year after the uprising, the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Following this, multiple gay rights organisations formed across the US and the world. In 2016, the Stonewall National Monument took its place in NYC.

Officially recognised by two US Presidents, Bill Clinton in 1999 and then Barack Obama in 2009 (and every year onward) noted Pride Month. 

Pioneers

Marsha P. Johnson “threw the first brick” at Stonewall. Among her stand other strong LGBTQIA+ pioneers such as Harvey Milk (the first openly gay US politician) and Sylvia Rivera (a transgender activist). 

How Pride is Celebrated

Pride is about celebrating identities and honouring those who died for the right for this celebration. Many older community members lost countless of friends during the AIDs crisis and see Pride as a way of honouring those people. On the other hand, younger generations see Pride as a chance to fully express their identities. Many major cities host Pride Parades and various other events throughout the month. 

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

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