The history and significance of why Pride Month is held in June

The history and significance of why Pride Month is held in June.

It's Pride Month. It's a month of rainbow flags, fashion shows, costumes, and fun. But is it really? We have a lot of fun ahead.

What is Pride Month and what is its history?


 

It all started one night in New York City in 1969. One of the locations was the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

On the night of June 28, the police moved in and set the Stonewall Inn on fire. After this incident, riots erupted like wildfire in other locations and continued until the end of the week. The protests had the faces of Martha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, transgender activists who would later be considered pioneers of the LGBT rights movement. Although Martha did not come to the bar before the riots began, many people believe that she was the one who threw the first brick and wine glass that started the riots.

However, Johnson and his black and Hispanic transgender peers are now recognized as pioneers of the movement.

However, the Stonewall riots are not the first time LGBTQ+ people have stood up against police harassment. Prior to Stonewall, there have been smaller riots at Cooper Doonuts in Los Angeles and Compton Cafeteria in San Francisco. However, none of them reached the tense situation of the Stonewall incident.

And after that....


 

Stonewall was just the beginning. Since then, the movement began to spread gradually. On the same day, June 28, 1970, a march to commemorate the riots was held from Greenwich Village to Central Park under the name "Christopher Street Liberation. The organizer, Brenda Howard, along with other activists, popularized the term "pride". She later became known as the "Mother of Pride."

Another transgender woman, Sylvia Rivera, joined the campaign. She was an activist and drag queen who fought for transgender rights with Johnson. They also spearheaded and co-founded S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), which supports homeless LGBTQ youth.

Why is June "Pride Month"?

 


Over time, the meaning of June of Hope has become more apparent. This movement is rooted in the Stonewall Riots that took place in June. For this reason, every June, Pride Marches are held around the world to celebrate the beginning of this movement. For this reason, each city organizes its own individual Pride events, which is why each city has a different Pride calendar. Most Pride celebrations and parades take place in June, but some choose other times due to unavoidable circumstances (especially bad weather). For example, Palm Springs Pride is held in November, Akron Pride in February, and Vancouver Pride in August.

Who made the Gay Pride banner?

At the request of Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay politician, Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag, which was first flown in the San Francisco parade in 1978. If you look closely at the flag, you will see that it is made up of six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, each with its own meaning; it is a flag of LGBTQA+ pride. However, there are other flags for transgender, bisexual, asexual, etc.


What does it mean to come out of the closet?

Our society is still predominantly heterosexual. When you have a child

When a child is born, we automatically assume from its gender that it is a bisexual, heterosexual boy or girl. However, gender identity and biological sex are not the same thing. For example, a person with a male body can identify themselves as female (in this case, the person is called a transsexual woman), or non-binary, or transgender, regardless of how they perceive themselves.

Coming out means denying one's assumption of bisexuality and coming out publicly as a homosexual.


 

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