As you probably already know, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June, to honor the Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village. Indeed, the month has been recognized since 1970, one year after the Stonewall Rebellion which took place on June 28th 1969, commemorating the impact the riots had had on society. This year, the events span June 1 - 30, 2019, culminating in the famous NYC Pride March on Sunday.
The movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that sexual diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered.
As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. 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.
As LGBTQ people around the world continue to fight for livelihood and equal rights under the law, this June and, later on, this Summer, you may ask yourself what does Pride mean to you….
Ilis Imago, June 2019