LGBTQ+ Pride Month, throughout June each year, honours the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, when a police raid turned violent leading to riots, protests and a watershed moment in the history of gay rights. The first gay pride marches happened in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco one year later. Today, Pride Month events include parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and attract millions of supporters globally.
At its heart, Pride Month reminds us that love is love. It’s dedicated to uplifting voices and celebrating LGBTQ+ culture while advocating for rights. It’s a chance to peacefully protest, honour lives lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS, and spotlight challenges faced by the community. As well as commemorating the long battle for civil rights and the pursuit of equality, it also nods to big wins from LGBTQ+ community.