It’s June… And you know what that means? It’s Pride Month

Pride Month celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer plus* (LGBTQ+) pride. Celebrating diversity and people's right to live how they choose without discrimination, Pride Month promotes positivity and equal rights for all. 

Pride Month is celebrated every year in June, as this marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969. These were a series of equal rights demonstrations held by members of the LGBT+ community against oppression. 

In June 1970, to commemorate the Stonewall riots, the first Pride march took place in Chicago. The idea quickly spread to many cities in North America, and then around the world.

The UK's first Pride march was held in London, in 1972. Therefore, this year (2022) marks 50 years of Pride in the UK 

Pride Month helps raise awareness of issues facing the LGBTQ+ community and provides an opportunity to celebrate the culture of inclusivity, with parades, street parties, community events and more. Designed to help educate people, Pride Month events are attended by millions of people worldwide.

Pride is a celebration – famous for its huge, colourful parades. It’s a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and celebrates people being who they want to be. Parades are full of people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as friends, family and supporters, who also want to celebrate everyone being who they are. 

Pride was established to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and to campaign for the same freedoms for people to live their lives, with equal rights for all people. Pride includes all people, regardless of:

  • sexuality;
  • race;
  • faith;
  • disability;
  • gender.

The rainbow flag is an important symbol of LGBTQ+ pride and appears throughout Pride month, from the clothes that people wear to the floats they travel on.

The rainbow flag was first used at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade, in 1978. The gay rights civil movement at that time didn't have a symbol of representation. Gilbert Baker was asked to design one.

He chose the rainbow because "We are all the colours and all the genders and all the races. The rainbow is a magical part of nature."