Oh look! Pride month!
I’ve not updated this blog in a while (my laptop set itself on fire) so I couldn’t post anything in honour of Pride Month. BUT I’m going to now! I’ve got a series of posts planned about some #gayicons, #bisexualicons, and #transgendericons throughout history and fiction. I’ve even got a special one planned for my birthday! You’re welcome in advance.
But I thought I’d better start this all off with a brief history of Pride month.
The Pride movement is one of my favorite things about LGBTQIA+ culture. It’s all about banding together to celebrate love in all forms, and throw a middle finger up to bigots while you’re at it. This year, some of my friends and I are planning to attend the Pride parade in London – which has been going on since 1972.
You may or may not know that June was chosen as Pride month because that’s when the Stonewall riots happened in Greenwich Village, NY. The three-day riots are often regarded as the start of the ‘modern gay liberation movement’.
Pride began as a political demonstration, a way to stand up to the hetero-washing of the American government, but it swiftly became more than just a US thing. Brenda Howard, known as the ‘Mother of Pride’, came up with the idea for a ‘week-long series of events’ surrounding Pride Day which became the annual LGBT+ Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June. Howard, ‘Donny the Punk’, and L. Craig Schoonmaker supposedly made Pride the word to describe the celebrations. Tom Limoncelli, LGBT rights activist, said: “The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Pride Month is June tell them ‘A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.'”
The Pride Parade is now recognised world wide as a celebration of all that makes people unique and brilliant. The month of June is filled with Parades all around the world of people and love. The 2015 London Pride Parade was only the seventh biggest in the world and that drew one million people to London! Unlike it’s more serious, marching beginnings, Pride celebrations are awash with colour and glitter and joy.
I could not be happier to share a birth-month with this amazing gaiety (I know, bad pun, but I couldn’t resist!).
PS please expect a post a day for the rest of June as penitence for missing the beginning of Pride month. Happy Pride!!