It’s Pride month – catch up on a bit o history…

Every year, during the month of June, the global LGBTQIA+ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBTQIA+ people have had around the world. In some countries, such as Australia, the United States and Canada, Pride is also celebrated in October, to coincide with National Coming Out Day on 11 October.

Why was June chosen?

June was when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. The riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The LGBT community held a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations to protest against the raid and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and be open about their sexual orientation. In such places there should be no fears of being arrested. The riots served as a catalyst for the rights of LGBT people, and within 6 months, 2 gay activist groups had formed in New York. Over the years since the event, many gay rights organisations have been formed. Not just in the US but around the world.

These days, Pride month is an opportunity to raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Peaceful rallies and parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.

With lockdown restrictions finally easing a little around Australia, how will you celebrate Pride Month? What will you do to acknowledge the incredible contribution and influence that the LGBTQIA+ community makes and has on the world today?