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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, currently celebrated each year in June. To honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Also in many parts of the world, June is the ‘Gay Pride Month’. Pride Month is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ community as well as their struggle against discrimination and social ostracisation. In many countries around the world, there are various activities for the LGBTQ community throughout the month. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day” but the actual day was flexible.

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The History Of Pride Month

PRIDE is an acronym for Personal Rights in Defense and Education. The organization was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1966, by Steve Ginsburg. PRIDE, from its very inception, was much more radical than the pre-1960s homosexual rights groups.

On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich village Manhattan became the focal point of the gay revolution. The Inn became quite popular for gay people. Also, The Stonewall Inn was one of the few places that allowed gay people to dance. During that era, police raided gay bars and arrested 13 people. The raid ignited the long pent-up frustration of the LGBTQ community. Also, many patrons and gay residents of the Greenwich village started to gather around the Inn. The situation turned aggressive, and many civilians were manhandled. Also, an LGBTQ woman was hit by a policeman as he bundled her into a police vehicle. Instantly, a full-fledged riot broke out led by trans women like Marsha PJohnson’s, Sylvia Rivera, and Miss Majorin. It led to five more days of belligerent protests and activism by the LGBTQ people of New York.

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On June 28th, 1970 people marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This event was organized to remember the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. And it was the first-ever Gay Pride March. This was not a parade as we know it today. There was no music, no dancing, no glitter. It was a legitimate risk to walk out and march. And it was a sign of resistance. New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago also started pride march at that same time. The next year, the marches had spread to Boston, Dallas, London, Paris, and even West Berlin.

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Pride Marches Of Acceptance

In the US, the first-ever ‘official’ Gay Pride Month was declared by President Bill Clinton in June 1999 and then followed up by declaring one in June 2000 as well. The Stonewall Riots hence mark an important day in the evolution of modern-day gay rights. In 2016, President Obama declared the Stonewall Inn a national monument. President Obama, during his two terms from 2009-2016, declared June as the LGBT pride month each year. Mr. Trump took to Twitter to announce that June was the LGBT pride month but abstained from an official proclamation. President Biden has declared June to be the LGBTQ+ Pride Month of 2021.

Since 2012, Google has also been increasing its LGBTQ + stand on its homepage. Any search on Google that deals with the subject of LGBTQ is an introduction to homosexual pride with a distinct rainbow color pattern.

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More than 150 official Pride festivals and events are happening around the world in 2021.

The Sao Paulo Brazil Gay Pride is considered the biggest and the best gay pride parade in the world. In fact, it holds the title The Largest Pride in the Guinness Book of World Records, as the biggest pride parade in the world starting in 2006 with 2.5 million people.

Kolkata’s pride march in 1999 was the oldest pride walk in India and South Asia, organized on 2 July. The walk was called The Friendship Walk. The parade began with hardly fifteen participants and some of these participants came from other cities in India, including Mumbai and Bangalore. Kolkata was chosen as the first city to host the march owing to Kolkata’s history of movements for human and Political Rights.

Amsterdam Pride didn’t start as a call for equal rights for LGBT people. This probably because the Netherlands is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries on the planet. In fact, it was the first to legalize same-sex marriage, which took place between two men in Amsterdam. The city’s gay pride festival usually happens on the first weekend of August, with cultural and sports events as well as street parties.

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