• Kim Bresseleers

June 2020 - Pride month

The month of June was chosen for LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world.

History of Pride Month

The riots were prompted by a raid that took place on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in 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 six months, two 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.

Today, LGBTQ+ Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, attracting millions of participants around the world.

What does LGBTQ+ stand for?

LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and “plus,” which represents other sexual identities including pansexual, asexual and omnisexual.

Pride Month Activities

  • Rep The Rainbow Flag: Each of the rainbow flag’s original eight colors has a meaning: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for peace, and purple for spirit.

  • Join in a Pride March: Run, walk, skip or dance in a Pride March. Everyone is welcome to show their support of gay rights and equality for all, so check out what’s happening in your community and go join in the fun!

  • Get some know-how: Take some time to learn about the people who helped bring this movement together.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the LGBTQ+ community. More than 220 pride celebrations around the world have been canceled or postponed. Global Pride, an online event with numerous national hosts, has been scheduled for June 27, 2020.

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