Because Pride events are synonymous with fun these days it’s easy to forget why they started happening in the first place. The first ever Gay Pride marches took place in 1970 as a response to the police brutality that came to the fore during the Stonewall Riots, which were a reaction to the raid of Stonewall Inn, the now-legendary Greenwich Village gay bar.
Since then, Gay Pride, which is usually the whole month of June, has expanded around the globe and is celebrated in places where gay is still a dirty word. It’s symbolic.
Pride is a party, of course it is. But what are we partying about? We’re partying about bringing together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight and cisgender people across the globe to march for acceptance for all. Even if you skip the march bit, just by being there you’re still making a statement in support of diversity. Because just by being present you’re making sure we’re visible, assertive parts of the communities we inhabit.
Gay Pride events are statements that support life, love, freedom and above all acceptance. So whether you’re at the front of the parade or just lolling about in the park, be PROUD to be part of the civil rights movement that strives for equality for everyone.