Today marks the start of Pride month!
A month dedicated to communities coming together in celebration, protest, unity, and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ Community. June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots and demonstrations that followed a police raid on the Stonewall Inn.
This month we will be covering all sorts of subjects relating to Pride and are very excited to celebrate it with you, it’s also a great time to learn some social history about Pride month and where it came from.
On a summer night in New York on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in punters staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was a black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson, leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and clashes. Protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
Pride Month is largely credited as being started by bisexual activist Brenda Howard. Known as ‘The Mother of Pride,’ Brenda organised Gay Pride Week in New York and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade a year after the Stonewall Riots. This eventually morphed into what we now know as the New York City Pride March and was the catalyst for the formation of similar parades and marches across the world, including the ones in the UK.
Most of our Pride celebrations that extend past Pride month were cancelled last year or went ahead as virtual celebrations, We have seen the cancellation of Brighton Pride, but so far, many smaller Pride celebrations are going ahead.
However, you choose to celebrate Pride month, be it attending a local pride, supporting your local gay business, becoming an Olympic gold ally, or covering yourself in glitter just to go for a pint! Be safe and have a fun and fantastic Pride month!