Pride Month 2023: Pride Month is here and like every year, this too is celebrated across the world with pomp and dignity. Every year during June, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex LGBTQI community celebrates the month in various ways. Learn what Pride Month is, the reason for its celebration, its meaning and its concept below.
The White House says: “During Pride Month, we honor a movement that has become stronger, more vibrant and more inclusive with each passing year. Pride is a celebration of generations of LGBTQI+ people, who have bravely fought to live “openly and authentically. It is a reminder that we still have generational work to do to ensure that everyone fully enjoys the promise of equity, dignity, protection and freedom.”
My message to all young people during Pride month: Be you.
You are loved. You are heard. She understands you. You belong. pic.twitter.com/apxnK1oXU0
–Joe Biden (@JoeBiden)
June 14, 2023
Happy pride month!
This month and every month, the Biden-Harris Administration proudly stands with the LGBTQI+ community in the enduring fight for freedom, justice, and equality. pic.twitter.com/rz2utWXzVX
– The White House (@WhiteHouse)
June 1, 2023
— Pride (@Orgullo)
June 14, 2023
What is Pride Month?
Every year, from June 1 to June 30, all members of the LGBTQ community and their allies celebrate their identities through Pride Month. They recognize their achievements and their struggles to maintain their equality with the world. They celebrate this month by organizing various events around the world to promote their idea of equal identity and raise awareness globally.
Pride month can also be seen as an opportunity to peacefully protest the harassment faced by the LGBTQ community and raise political awareness about current issues facing the community.
Why the story of Pride Month?
Pride Month marks the police raid that sparked the infamous Stonewall Riots, which in turn led to the establishment of LGBTQ+ rights. This raid took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich, Manhattan, on June 28, 1969. And to make people aware of their rights and their options, and to raise political awareness about their issues, Pride Month was started.
Pride Month is important because it marks the beginning of great change within the LGBT+ community, as well as its wider social implications. LGBTQ+ still face harassment from the world, but it’s just the beginning of their long wait for recognition.
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How is Pride Month celebrated?
Brenda Howard, a New York bisexual activist nicknamed the “Mother of Pride,” is credited with organizing the first Pride parade to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Pride month is all about parades, rallies and parties. The New York Gay Pride Parade is one of the largest and best-known parades taking place this month. About 5 lakh people attend the parade every year.
What is the symbol of Pride?
The most recognized symbol of Pride Day is the rainbow flag, often called the Pride flag or LGBTQ+ flag. The flag consists of horizontal stripes of vibrant colors, typically including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Each color represents different meanings, such as life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony and spirit. The rainbow flag has become an iconic symbol of pride, solidarity, and the continued fight for LGBTQ+ equality and acceptance. It serves as a powerful emblem of diversity, inclusion and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride Day: Famous Quotes
In 1999 and 2000, Bill Clinton was the first American president to formally declare Pride Month. Barack Obama subsequently proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month from 2009 to 2016. Although critics have noted that actions speak louder than words, Donald Trump recognized Pride Month in May 2019 by tweeting that his administration had initiated a global push to decriminalize homosexuality.
Don’t forget to walk in solidarity this Pride Month! Happy pride month!
Important days and dates in June 2023