Unless you’re living under a huge rock or inside a cave, you probably already know that June is celebrated as Pride month the world over. But do you know why? Pride month is more than just a colourful parade or a series of parties. It is a phenomenon that dates back to the late ’60s and early ’70s. Read on for all the intel you need.
Why the month of June?
We observe June as pride month to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. This was a gathering space for individuals in the LGBTQ community during the 60s. On 28th June 1969, the police raided the Inn. While it was common for the police to crack down on Gay Bars and Pubs in big cities, this was the first time ever that the same sex patrons objected against it and fought back! This incident was the turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The turmoil lasted for three days and put Gay rights on the world map.
How did the pride celebrations start?
The movement led to the formation of organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance, which held protests, met with political leaders, and disrupted public meetings and events to hold leadership accountable.
‘Mother of Pride’ Brenda Howard organised the first pride parade a year later to observe the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In 2016 the area around the Stonewall Inn, still a popular destination for the LGBT community, was designated a national monument!
What is Pride month all about?
In order to understand and recognize the impact that the LGBT community had around the world, many pride events are held during this month. From pride parades, marches, parties, concerts, to workshops and conventions millions from around the world join in the celebration across the globe.
How is India celebrating Pride month?
With the abolition of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, decriminalising the LGBTQ+ community, this year for the first time, India is celebrating International Pride month with the classic celebratory parades, celebratory messages on social media platforms and the embassies in India waving the rainbow flag.
Not only that, India’s leading online sexual and reproductive health information platform, Love matters has launched its campaign #Agartumsaathho. It will celebrate Pride for an entire week from June 10th to June 16th. The platform will display stories of support and acceptance that people have received or extended towards members of the community!
This makes us super proud and we are glad to see that our country has come such a long way. So lets all together take part in celebrating the ones who are out and proud. And even the ones who are still not out but are proud because after all, Love is Love!
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