Many people have participated in the celebratory events that occur during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, but many are unaware of the origin of how this month came to be. As Pride month comes to an end, lets have a quick history lesson on how this much needed month of celebration, love, acceptance, and appreciation began.
LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
The Stonewall uprising was a series of violent confrontations that began between police and gay rights activists outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. As the riots progressed, an international gay rights movement was born.
Originally, the last Sunday in June was celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the United Stated the “day” began to grow! This “day” evolved into a month-long series of events, which now includes pride parades, parties, picnics, workshops, concerts and symposia. Pride events vary from city to city, and each Pride event represents the diversity amongst people in the LGBTQ community.
The Pride events also welcome allies to come celebrate and support the LGBTG community (as long as you know the appropriate ways to partake in these celebrations. If you don’t visit: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/08/how-lgbt-ally-during-pride-month-and-beyond/381285001/ for more information). Many of the events are are sponsored by local business, corporations, and volunteer groups. These celebrations also include memorials for those who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS that are part of the LGBTQ.
There are several purposes for this commemorative month. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and give praise and recognition to the advances and setbacks that have been made. It provides moments to shed light on the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. It is a time to truly celebrate in a festive, safe, and affirming atmosphere.
Pride events occur internationally throughout the year, and they are most popular in Latin America, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe, though events are held in other parts of the world. So if you missed out on the various events that occurred during Pride month this year, be sure to look up the local events near you for the opportunity to show support, to observe, listen, be educated, and enjoy the festivities!
As former U.S. President, Barack Obama said “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
Happy Pride, from Clarity Clinic
Written by Dr. Grand McDonald, PsyD.