A colorful history of LGBTQ Pride Month
It's not all rainbows and equal rights
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Pride Month is upon us, and as you get your marching shoes ready, it's important to fully understand why everyone's donning the craziest colors they have and taking to the streets. After all, the gay pride movement is so much more than a series of parades and eccentric outfits that burst from the seams of society every June.
Though LGBT+ pride can feel like an enormous party celebrating queer lives and the great strides made for LGBT+ civil rights in the past, it’s also a refusal to be ignored in the present. The movement’s many manifestations take a loud and proud stance against violence and discrimination, and at the center always lies a demand for equal rights.
The month is an important time to strengthen bonds both within the community and across its allies. Increased visibility as a social group fights the shame and stigma that often surrounds sexual diversity and gender variance, and the fight has taken on many shapes and forms around the world.
Pride events range from solemn to carnivalesque, including commemorations, parades, marches, rallies, parties, and big festivals. They mostly take place during a month specifically chosen to commemorate a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, just as the Moscow Pride happens in May (instead of June) to celebrate the anniversary of Russia’s 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in America, which marked June as Pride Month in many places around the world. From tiny gatherings to assassinations of political figures, there are many key moments in American history that have spurred this movement of liberation and equality on to become the joyous occasion that people now partake in worldwide.
Check out this gallery to learn more about the tumultuous ride of the LGBTQ in the US, and how it translated to the rest of the world.
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