The month of June marks the beginning of the Global Pride Month every year. But, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, over 500 pride parades have been called off this year. The Global Pride Month is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all over the world.
Generally, the members of the LGBTQ+ community take to the streets to show solidarity. Several countries in the world are still under lockdown and therefore, people will not be able to get down on the roads.
However, this is not indicative that the Pride events will get canceled this year. For this year, the LGBTQ+ communities have moved online to celebrate the Pride month. There are many challenges and dance parties and workshops being conducted online.
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ONLINE PRIDE EVENTS
#21DaysAllyChallenge has been launched by India’s Pride Circle online. The idea is to make a digital platform that will bring together all the members and influencers of the community of the LGBTQ+ community. The participants are required to take different mini challenges for a period of 21 days as it generally takes 21 days for someone to develop a new habit.
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On June 20, an event is being organized in New York- The LGBTQ Pride and Migration. The organizers of this event seek to unite those members of the queer community who have had to flee their own countries in search of better lives. This event is also digital.
Another pride march on June 28 is being organized by New York. Celebs have been roped in too for this march.
The United Kingdom’s PinkNews has organized an event that will be a four-day celebration of resistance and love, Pride for All. The itinerary suggests celebs, DJs, and a whole lot of fun.
The NYC city council candidate and drag artist, Marti G Cummings have organized DragFest 2020. The event will witness the performances of more than 100 drag artists putting up stellar performances over a 3-day course.
The digital pride organized by Dublin this year includes a pride concert which is interactive.
The Cincinnati Black Pride is going to include a special film festival as well. The festival will include documentaries and other works that speak about the Black LGBTQ+ experiences. The event will start on June 25 and will last the whole weekend along with virtual parties.
WHY IS PRIDE PARADE IMPORTANT?
A pride parade is an outdoor event that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, demi gender, non-binary, and queer (LGBTQ+) acceptance of themselves and the society. The events are sometimes also held as demonstrations for some legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Many pride events occur annually and mostly around June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. It was a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ+ social movements.
These Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are.
These events are geared towards anyone who feels that their sexual identity falls out of the mainstream. Many straight people join in too.
HOW DID IT ALL START?
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, and began hauling customers outside. When the patrons resisted arrest, tensions escalated quickly, and a growing crowd of bystanders threw bottles and coins at the officers. The gay community of New York, which was already fed up with years of harassment, broke out in neighborhood riots that went on for three days.
The uprising became a catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement as organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed.
In 2016, the area around the Stonewall Inn, still a popular nightspot, was designated a national monument.
The name “Pride” came from Brenda Howard, a bisexual New York activist nicknamed the “Mother of Pride”. She had organized the first Pride parade to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
In 1978, Gilbert Baker, artist, and designer was commissioned by the San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk- one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US- to make a flag for the city’s upcoming Pride celebrations. Baker, a prominent gay rights activist, gave a green signal to the stripes of the American flag but drew inspiration from the rainbow to reflect the many groups within the gay community.