The LGBT+ community gather across the world every June to celebrate Pride month.
While these events are spread out across the summer, June was the chosen the month to remember the Stonewall Riots that broke out in Greenwich village, New York City 1969. The police raided one of the city’s most popular gay clubs, prompting a riot to break loose.
Following this event a year later, marchers gathered in New York to celebrate “Christopher Street Liberation Day.” June 28th, 1970 marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which was the first Gay Pride march in US history.
An annual tradition was born, with more and more cities across the world taking part by staging their own carnivals, street parades and parties to celebrate everything LGBT+.
The US President Bill Clinton had officially declared the month of June as “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999. Following that 10 years later Barack Obama had extended the title to be more inclusive “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.”
Pride has made such a massive impact in securing rights and fairer representation for the LGBT+ community in the West and is huge in providing a platform for everyone to speak out against the discrimination and prejudice.
Although there are still a few homophobic laws in certain countries, which over time hopefully changes for the better.
This years London Pride parade is scheduled for 7th July and the largest UK event in Brighton is set for the 4th August.