As the month of June arrives, the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies all across the world rejoice and mark this month as the official ‘Pride Month’ that is celebrated all over the world.
But have you ever thought why is it celebrated in the month of June and no other one? The story behind it dates all the way back to 1969 and then 2000, when the then President of the United States Bill Clinton issued a presidential proclamation designating June as the Pride Month. The story and the history behind it go back to 28 June 1969.
In the 1960s, a pattern of the police raiding Gay bars of Manhattan, New York City’s had developed. The pattern was to raid, beat people up and then arrest them. There was no resistance until 28 June, 1969, when everything changed.
At the dawn of 1969, the cops raided Stonewall Inn, which was a safe haven for the New York’s Queer Community.
This was the first time when the community collectively showed resistance against its oppressors and abusers. They fought back for the first and it made history. It also lead to riots.
Despite all of it, the Stonewall Inn reopened at dusk. A large number of supporters turned in and showed solidarity. The police came back and beat up the people who had come in support, and also tear gassed the crowd in order to disperse them.
It’s TRUE that the queer rights movement did not start with the Stonewall Inn but it started a new era of rebellion against oppressive methods of the police, regressive societal values and and a fight against the law.
The main purpose of the celebration of this month is to amplify visibility, inclusivity, acceptance and legal protection for the LGBTQIA+ communities. Countries like the US, Ireland, India, Brazil, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand observe June as the pride month.
The entire month is a celebration and there’s no right way to celebrate it. As long as you are accepting, inclusive and you offer a safe space to the people who participate in these celebrations, you are a part of it.
So let there be a free flow of rainbows, love, inclusivity, safety, acceptance and unconditional respect this June.