pride month

To outsiders, Pride Month might seem like a month of glittering parties and parades, but it’s so much more than that. The catalyst for Pride is actually a riot. These days, however, the LGBT community around the world uses it as a time to get together and celebrate how far we’ve come. It’s a time to recommit to the work that must still be done to achieve equality. It’s a time to reflect on the progress we’ve made as a community and celebrate those who made this progress possible. Since the uprising, LGBT folks and allies have fought hard to give the community the right to marry, to start families, to fight discrimination, hate speech, and hate crimes, and to simply allow queer folks to exist. During this month, we acknowledge the progress we’ve made sometimes loudly and always proudly while also being realistic about how far society still has to go. It’s time to amplify the voices that urgently need our support, especially rural, Black and Brown, and transgender communities.

All around the world, Pride Month is celebrated in June. It can be a little confusing for those new to Pride because not all major queer events actually happen in June. Some like the multi-day lesbian centric music festival usually takes place in April, Women Fest is also held in September. In general, though, the major parties, parades, and other festivals generally takes place in the month of June or somewhat close to it.

the Pride Month was started through The Stonewall Uprising took place on June 28, 1969, in New York City. At this time, police would frequently raid gay bars and harass the queer community, as there were still many laws on books banning homosexuality. Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn was among the most popular gay bars, and while it had been raided before, on that particular day in June, the queer community fought back and protested hard for several days. After that, things were never the same again and this was a very good thing. The first official Pride parade began the following year on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with Christopher Street Liberation Day. Some folks celebrate Pride Month by attending picnics with queer friends while other spend time in the community via ZOOM events, and still, others simply donate to their favorite LGBT community.

In India leading online sexual and reproductive health information platform, love Matters India is celebrating Pride for an entire week from June 10 to June 16 with their campaign #AgarTumSaathHo : Celebrating Support, Acceptance and Allyship”. With this campaign, the platform will display stories of support and acceptance that people have received or extended towards members of the community. Their mission is to extend knowledge of the LGBT community and also encourage acceptance of the community in the society to create a harmonious bond between those who are not a part of the LGBT community. During this campaign, they will also host a letter writing workshop, where one can write letters of support to any person with whom they wish to communicate.