Hope will never be silent! It’s officially the month of June.
The LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community, their history, and their struggle for equal rights are recognized and celebrated during this month dedicated to Pride, an annual event that takes place all over the world.
The LGBTQ+ community comes together to spread awareness, and celebrate their identities and contributions during this time.
In this article, we delve into the captivating history behind Pride Month, unveiling its rich legacy and significance.
The Stonewall incident
The roots of Pride Month can be traced back to the Stonewall Uprising in New York City in June 1969.
On the fateful night of June 28, as officers attempted yet another raid at the popular gay bar Stonewall Inn, the place became a focal point of resistance when the patrons – led by transgender women of color and other marginalized members of the community – decided to resist.
People both inside and outside of the pub stood up in a powerful and spontaneous act of defiance in response to the discriminatory treatment.
The resulting disputes between the police and the defiant crowd lasted for several nights and served as the catalyst for the Stonewall Uprising.
The sparked LGBTQ+ support movement
Members of the community who had been ostracized and silenced for a long time were inspired by the Stonewall events to demand their rights and dignity.
The Stonewall Uprising brought the injustices experienced by LGBTQ+ people into the public eye, opening the door for a larger social conversation about equality, prejudice, and the requirement for legal safeguards.
Generations of activists have carried on the fight for equality and acceptance as a result of the spark that Stonewall kindled within the LGBTQ+ community.
The rebellion marked a turning point in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and spawned a new wave of LGBTQ+ action.
The first Pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago a year later, in June 1970, laying the groundwork for what would eventually become an annual event celebrated all across the world.
The LGBTQ+ advocacy in the Philippines
The LGBTQ+ community in the Philippines is active, expanding, and has made significant strides in recent years.
The nation has a strong history of LGBTQ+ activism, with numerous groups fighting for acceptance and equal rights. Every June, the Philippines celebrate Pride Month, which has evolved into a fun event that welcomes participants from all backgrounds.
The Metro Manila Pride March, which is held in the country’s bustling capital city, is the highlight of Pride Month in the Philippines.
They also serve as a means to foster understanding, promote inclusivity, and amplify LGBTQ+ voices.
The fight for LGBTQ+ acceptance and rights in the Philippines is still facing obstacles, despite the progress that has been made.
Pride Month is a significant time to commemorate the global LGBTQ+ community’s history, hardships, and accomplishments.
In order to build a more inclusive and welcoming society for all, it is essential to keep supporting and elevating the voices of the LGBTQ+ community as the movement advances, not only during Pride Month but all year long.
We should be proud of who we are and who we love – just extra proud this month.