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Enduring Quest For Equality: Tracing The Origins Of Pride Month

Updated on Jun 04, 2023, 13:29 IST- 3 min read
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Every June the world takes a rainbow hue, as the members of the queer community celebrate pride all over the world. The month that represents calls for equality and freedom of expression for the LGBTQIA+ community is now here.

The queer community today exercises a lot of basic rights in various parts of the world. However, there is still a long way to go in India and other countries where there is still no basic framework of rights for the LGBTQIA+ community. But do you know where it all started?  

Let’s kick start the Pride Month with learning where and how it all began as we continue to fight for our rights. 

It all started with stonewall riots 

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Pride Month has its roots in the LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement and commemorates the Stonewall uprising, a pivotal event in LGBTQIA+ history.  On June 28, 1969, a police raid took place at the Stonewall Inn, a gay pub in New York City, in the wee hours of the morning.  

After years of harassment and prejudice, the customers retaliated against the police, setting up a series of rallies and demonstrations that lasted for many days. The modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement was sparked by this incident. 

Following that, to mark the first anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the first Pride March—then known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March—was organised the following year on June 28, 1970.  

Participants in a march in New York City from Christopher Street to Central Park demanded equal rights and an end to prejudice.

Pride slowly grew all over the world

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The scope and reach of Pride celebrations increased throughout time, reaching new places both in the US and outside the country.  

Gilbert Baker, an artist and activist, created the rainbow flag, which became a representation of LGBTQIA+ pride in 1978. The movement to declare June as Pride Month in the US gathered steam. In 1999, Bill Clinton proclaimed June to be "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month." 

Since then, the classification has been extended to encompass the larger LGBTQIA+ community. With parades, marches, educational workshops, cultural festivals, and community meetings, Pride Month is now observed on a global scale.  

It is a moment to commemorate LGBTQIA+ history, to mark accomplishments, and to promote ongoing equality and inclusion. 

Pride Month has become a significant moment for the LGBTQIA+ community to assert their identities, raise awareness of issues they face, and celebrate their diversity and resilience.

Let’s celebrate this month with festive fervor and do not forget that the LGBTQIA+ community exists beyond the pride month.  

Happy Pride Month to the LGBTQIA+ community and allies! For more stories on the LGBTQIA+ community and queerness in India, keep reading Spectrum on Indiatimes.