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So it's LGBTQ Pride Month

So I keep hearing it's LGBTQ Pride Month but I'm ashamed to say I know very little about Pride so I thought I would do a little reading.

I found that Pride month was born out of the Gay Rights Movement and Pride Day on 28 June marks the date in history in which the first Pride March was held in New York City in 1970 following the Stonewall Riots in 1969. However Pride Day is often held in different dates in different cities. "On a hot summer’s night in New York on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was a black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson, leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and clashes. The message was clear — protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest."

The Gay Rights flag also known as the Rainbow Flag was designed by a friend of gay rights activist Harvey Milk in 1978. It has become a major symbol of gay rights. Pioneers in gay rights such as Milk and brave people who have asserted their rights and challenged the law have changed the way that society sees gay people and given them greater freedoms such as marriage.

There are a number of websites and groups available for anyone gay who needs support including:

Other important dates in the gay rights calendar are Pride Month which is February each year.

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