What Pride Month Is All About
Do you also love seeing the rainbow? It’s raining outside and it’s rare we get to see beautiful rainbows, but have you been seeing the rain colors of the rainbow lighting up your feed lately? If you don’t really know, we are here to make sure that you know June is the month of pride! With parades and social activities taking place across the country and the world, we are here to give you a low-down on what and whys of the Pride Month!
Origin of Pride Month:
On 29th of June 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the city of New York to arrest the goers as homosexuality was considered a criminal offense a long time back. Due to constant frustration, the gay community vehemently put up a fight and fought back with riots. Throngs of protesters gathered overnight to mark one of the first few LGBTQ+ protests that would go down in history as a monumental step towards a revolution.
To celebrate ‘Pride’ means to celebrate the struggles and persistence of the LGBT Community. To acknowledge their resoluteness and steadfastness towards creating awareness and ensuring they too, are privy to human rights.
- The LGBTQ+ flag was originally a pink triangle, but it was replaced with the rainbow flag on account of having been used by Nazis Germany to mark sexual deviants.
- The first rainbow flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker for a San Francisco march.
- Originally the flag had 8 colours, bringing alive the personality of the queer community: “hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit.”
- In 1970, L. Craig Schoonmaker came up with the term ‘Gay Pride’.
At a personal level, you can show your support through attending parades and social activities that increase awareness. You can actively work with organisations that support the community, encourage activities to create an all-inclusive workplace, volunteer for youth programs to guide and help the youth embrace their sexuality with zero qualms, create and take part in support forums for parents with queer children… The list goes on.