What is Pride Month?
The month of June is also known as Pride Month. Like Black History Month (February) and Asian Heritage Month (May), Pride Month celebrates and embraces the LGBTQIA+ community. Across the world, various events and parades are held in celebration to recognize the community and how strong of an influence they have on society. These events are also an opportunity to raise awareness and peacefully protest against current issues that are occurring around the world.
Ever since 1978, the pride flag with the original colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet were widely used; however, recently, many brands and activists around the world started to use the colors you see above. Designed by Daniel Quasar, the "Progress Flag" includes black and brown stripes to represent people of color along with the transgender colors (baby blue, light pink, and white) to represent the trans community.
Pride month is held in June because of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28,1969. Back then, police raids on gay bars were common, and one night they decided to raid the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village, which served as a safe space for the local gay, lesbian, and transgender community.
The raid sparked a series of spontaneous and sometimes violent demonstrations to protest against the raid, while also calling for the establishment of safe havens for the community to freely express themselves. These revolutionary riots served as a catalyst for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.
A year after the Stonewall Riots, New York city's gay activist groups held the first ever pride parade. Brenda Howard is the known as "The Mother of Pride" because she was the one to coordinate the first LGBTQIA+ pride march. This march was a success, so it became an annual celebration every year on June.