While Pride Month seems like a relatively new development, the history of it goes back further than many people realize. The first Pride marches were actually held in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Uprising. Thousands gathered in LA, Chicago, and New York to commemorate the Stonewall anniversary and fight for equal rights.
The Reminder Day Pickets that were held in the mid and late 1960s were the basis for many of the Pride traditions that began in 1970 and have evolved into everything they are today. These pickets weren’t the first times that people in the LGBTQIA+ community had been harassed, or the first times they fought back against that harassment, but they started to change the landscape of the issue.
Now Pride Month is the way the LGBTQIA+ community celebrates its history and impact on the world, along with the way it brings visibility to the issues and struggles it still faces. Depending on where someone lives, the LGBTQIA+ community may be mostly accepted, mostly shunned, or somewhere in between. Continuing to raise awareness for equal rights and fair treatment is important.
Recognizing social and historical contributions is a vital area of focus for Pride Month, honoring how much the world has changed since the LGBTQIA+ community became more vocal of its needs and value. Being seen as equal should be a basic human right, but the LGBTQIA+ community has had to fight for everything it has received in the way of equality or rights.
There is still a lack of acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals, sometimes very vocally, and the recognition of the community through Pride Month and other events is an ongoing effort to change that. While the community has come a long way since the big changes of the 1960s and 1970s, there’s still more work to be done.
Pride Month has a rich and important history, and has evolved into a significant and widely recognized way for the LGBTQIA+ community to speak out and reach out, and for allies to show their continued support.
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