Have you ever wondered why June is the LGBT pride month? Do we celebrate or do we commemorate something? What’s its real meaning?
Every year around the world, June becomes the most colorful month, full of activities, which demand the equality of rights for the LGBT community.
You just have to look back to U.S. history, since 1950’s we have not stopped fighting for what we consider fair. First were the hippies, then the black community who were asking for basic human rights, and after that all the people who were against the war in Vietnam, and the list goes on
It was is those years, when a Manhattan neighborhood called Greenwich Village, was better known to be a bohemian neighborhood with several clubs for the gay community, drag queens, transvestites and male prostitutes.
Although there were several of these kind of bars, there was one -the best known- called Stonewall Inn. Some say it was built by mafia investments.
On the night of June 28, 1969, riots began in Stonewall Inn bar, between the police and the gay community and lasted for 3 more days.
Thats why this celebration takes place on June 28, the day commemorating the Stonewall riots (New York, United States) of 1969, which marked the beginning of the homosexual liberation movement.
However not in all the countries it is celebrated on the exact date, in some it varies by ephemeris specific to each region, or by civil activities; but always within the month of June. That is why it is known as the month of pride.
The following year, to remember these events, the first gay pride march in the world was held in New York.
The main objective throughout the world is to send a message that the LGBT community – and all the attached letters – deserves respect, acceptance and have the same rights as the heterosexual community.
The basic notion of “LGBT pride” is that no person should be ashamed of what he is, whatever his biological sex, his sexual-affective orientation, his sexual identity or his gender role.
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From a linguistic point of view, the term “pride” means “self-esteem or esteem that each person has of himself as worthy of respect or consideration” This definition conveys the idea of an intrinsic dignity that every human being has and should not be affected by his behavior or by his sexual orientation. In this sense, an equivalent concept would be to speak of “LGBT dignity” .
Another of the great symbols of the LGBT resistance is the flag. The origin of the gay flag dates back to 1978 when the gay pride march organization in California asked the artist Gilbert Baker to design it and to represent the LGBT community in the United States.
It is said that the flag of the rainbow is inspired by the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Judy Garland, from the film ‘El Mago de Oz’. Love always wins
Initially, it had 8 color stripes, representative of community characteristics:
Rosa: Sexuality, Red: Life, Orange: Health, Yellow: Sunlight, Green: Nature, Turquoise: Magic, Blue: Serenity, Violet: Spirit
However, a few years later, it was decided to remove the pink and turquoise colors and and it was left with 6 strips.
In Latin America, the biggest pride parade takes place in São Paulo, and is considered one of the largest in the world.
On June 16, the city of Philadelphia celebrated its pride march and in a event More Color, More Pride, organized by the local government and the LGBT march committee, they decided to add two new colors: black and coffee that they look for include two important sectors of the population, blacks and latinos.
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Show us your pride this month! Support and celebrate your community, fill the world with mutual respect and pride!