As many of you may know, LGTBQ is an immense community around the world. The initials stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning. Even though you have probably heard of ‘Pride Month’ many times, it is relatively new.
Pride Month is celebrated to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which happened at the end of June 1969 in the United States. These riots took place in Manhattan, New York City. In those days, homosexual acts were illegal, but a bar in Greenwich Village, was known as a place where LGTBQ community people went to. In these places where gay employees served gay people, it was common to see police raids. However, when the police raided Stonewall bar, the LGTBQ people in the bar decided to stand up for their rights against the police and fought them. Since then, each year in June, pride month has been celebrated.
During the past years, there have been different ways in which people around the world have celebrated pride month. Although there are still parts of the world where the LGTBQ community doesn’t have the rights they should, June is the month in which people come together to honour their impact on the world and society.
Pride month is celebrated in many different ways, with: parades, events, performances, or even volunteering to support the community. These are initiatives that have been seen throughout the years since 1969, however, this has been a different year for everyone.
Many people may think this year’s Pride Month celebrations were not as big as previous years, but it’s amazing that even though there was a pandemic, the spirit of Pride Month did not disappear at all.
Do you know how people around the world celebrated Pride Month in 2020?
There were different ways in which it was celebrated.
Here are some of them:
- Boston Pride hosted virtual events throughout June, plus a Pride festival and a concert on June 13.
- Pride at the beach. This was a virtual festival, held Saturday, June 13. This festival featured trans rights activists.
- Los Angeles made their first virtual Pride parade!
- Virtual Trans Pride Los Angeles. This took place Friday, June 19, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
- NYC Pride virtual podcast. This event was held on June, 28 in New York City. It was from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm and it featured different performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Michael James Scott, Tangina Stone, and more artists.
Through all June, there have been different virtual experiences like these ones, especially in The United States, where different people could attend. In my opinion, I really think a big advantage of these celebrations is that more people from different parts of the world could attend and be part of them due to the fact that they were held virtually.
It is really important to stand up for LGTBQ people’s rights, and even though Pride Month is in June, we should always support and promote the importance of accepting the community in a world where we are all equal. Every single one of us should feel neither uncomfortable nor ashamed with whom they love.
Let’s all make this change happen, starting by educating ourselves on how Pride can be celebrated.