How and Why We Celebrate LQBTQ + Pride

Even though so much has changed in the world this year, one thing remains the same: June is LGTBQ + Pride month. For over 50 years this has been an important time for the community to celebrate who they are. This month people may not be able to take to the streets in parades and parties, but the spirit of Pride is still connecting people across the planet. Remember: even though we have to stay apart, we’re all in this together.

2020 Events

Usually cities across the UK host their own parades with thousands of people in attendance. However, due to Covid-19 this cannot happen this year. So in 2020 the majority of celebrations will happen online instead. This year it’s all about Pride Inside and there will be fantastic entertainment from members from the LGTBQ + community.  Activists, comedians, DJs and more. All hosted virtually, of course. The events will start June 28th and run until July 5th. Brands you know and love will be getting involved to show their support this month, too. Radley is one of them and there’s plenty more out there. So be sure to keep an eye out for what’s happening online.

History of Pride

Even though it’s important to celebrate the LGTBQ + community now and going forward into the future, it’s vital to understand its roots. Why is Pride celebrated in June? Rewind back to June 1969 the Stonewall Riots took place. The police raided a gay club – the Stonewall Inn – in Greenwich, New York City. It sparked a riot and led to several days of protests. This movement acted a catalyst for gay rights gaining momemtum. Gay activist groups formed all over the world. The first Pride event in the UK was held in London in 1972. Over the years part of Pride involved peaceful protests and demands for equality. The events and movement offer a place for people to feel seen and valid: to allow them to be truly themselves.

Media References

Though there is still much work to be done with the fight against sexuality discrimination, there is plenty to celebrate about how far the LGTBQ + community has come over the decades. The world has come a long way since the Stonewall riots. Literature, film and art celebrate and shine a light on the diverse community. There are lots of online spaces which promote voices from the LGTBQ+ community. Pride isn’t just about rainbow flags and online parties: it’s about putting in the research and raising your own awareness.

Pride is an important piece of history and will always play a role in the future. The community will keep making strides, even though in person events are on hold this year. How will you be celebrating Pride this year?

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