I can’t believe June’s already come to its end. I swear to God, we’re living in a different timeline.
There’s no denying that time does go by fast.
Pride Month has come to an end. This was my first-time celebrating Pride Month. It’s been wonderful seeing the world come together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ Community. It’s amazing to see the world further acknowledge the community. It’s beautiful to see all the pride parades around the world. It’s heartwarming to see that more and more people are beginning to accept the community time by time.
Every year, the month of June is celebrated as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969. In the wee hours of June 28th, police officials raided the Stonewall Inn, which was a popular gathering of young gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. The police arrested the employees of the bar for selling liquor without a proper license, roughing up many people and clearing the bar.
However, the crowd outside the bar, who saw this animosity displayed by the police, were enraged. They jeered at the police and threw coins and debris at them. More than four hundred people rioted outside the bar for five days. This uprising was the spark that ignited the gay rights movement in the United States of America.
One year after the uprising, gay rights activists proposed the idea of a march in response to the events at Stonewall at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organisations in Philadelphia. The march occurred on June 28th, 1970 to celebrate gay pride. The same event was christened as the Christopher Street Liberation Day march after the street that was the epicentre of New York City’s gay community. The pride march in New York inspired others and ignited parades across the country in solidarity, which thereafter, sparked marches worldwide.
LGBTQ Pride is a month-long celebration, with marches occurring throughout the month of June. Pride Month commemorates the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and celebrates the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals.
The rainbow flag debuted in 1978 at the San Fransisco Pride Parade. The rainbow flag acts as a unifying symbol for the community. The original flag was hand-dyed and had eight colours that symbolized sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, magic/art, serenity/harmony, and spirit.
However, due to production constraints and a need for design symmetry, the colours of hot pink and turquoise were subsequently dropped off.
Now that we’re all caught up with history, let’s shift our focus to the present.
We have had numerous pride parades around the world. We see some countries displaying their solidarity with the rainbow, while we see others wrinkling their noses at it in distaste [lookin’ at Hungary’s anti-LGBT law]. We see business companies superficially participate in Pride Month without engaging in the celebration’s radical political legacy – which is often referred to as “rainbow washing.”
From Facebook to Grammarly, Mercedes-Benz to IBM, we’re seeing so much “rainbow-washing” but no action whatsoever.
Look, personally, I’m happy that people are beginning to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ Community and understand that people who are a part of the community are just as much as humans as straight people are.
But there are voices of dissent still present all around the world. There are laws being passed against the community, pride parades are being vandalized, hate is being rained down upon homosexuals for simply “not being straight.”
I mean, is the month of June the only time that companies find to conduct seminars on the LGBTQ+ community, hire people who are a part of the same and go ‘Yes, we support gay people’ along with a fancy statement issued by their public representatives?
Companies show their solidarity only during Pride Month and it’s nada for the rest of the year. It strongly irks me when companies do this.
The fight for LGBTQ+ rights is a tough journey. The community has to systematically fight the system that history has been building for generations. They have to defy the stereotypes within the same system. They have to stand out from the crowd and wage a battle to be identified as humans.
Simply having a rainbow logo or issuing a statement that says “we stand with the LGBTQ+ community.” is not enough.
Actions have to be taken, equal rights have to be advocated, and the discrimination has to stop.
While some countries refuse to grant people from the LGBTQ+ community have equal rights just as a common citizen does, let’s not forget the advancing baby steps that some other countries have taken in the opposite direction.
The past twelve months have seen great victories for the legal recognition of same-sex couples. Equal marriage rights went into effect in Scotland, Luxembourg, nineteen states of the United States of America and the Mexican states of Coahuila. Chile and Croatia approved same-sex civil unions legislation. Newly passed marriage equality laws in Solvenia and Finland took effect at a later date. Irish voters had the opportunity to make their country the first in the world to approve same-sex marriage rights at their ballot boxes.
Serbian activists scored a major victory for LGBT people exercising their fundamental rights of expression and assembly. Denmark became the first European country to allow transgender people to obtain official documents reflecting their gender identity without needing to be diagnosed with a mental disorder or undergo surgeries resulting in irreversible sterilization.
Malta passed an even more comprehensive law guaranteeing transgender and intersex human rights, recognizing that…
“gender identity is considered to be an inherent part of a person which may or may not need surgical or hormonal treatment or therapy” [and that] “sex characteristics of a person vary in nature and all persons must be empowered to make their decisions affecting their own bodily integrity and physical autonomy.”Malta’s Comprehensive Law on guaranteeing transgender and intersex human rights
India’s Supreme Court took proactive action, recognizing transgender people as a legal third gender and granting transgender Indians status as an official minority requiring protection from discrimination.
There’s so much positivity in between the negativity. Let’s embrace it and move forward, dispelling the negativity and emerging victorious at all odds. The fight’s still on, let’s keep it going and marching forward.
I hope you had a splendid Pride Month [for those who celebrate it]! 🥳🌈🏳️🌈✨
As I said, the fight is still not over.
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