With a young transgender actress set to star in Doctor Who and Jake Daniels coming out as the first gay professional footballer in 32 years, the LGBTQ+ community has had a lot to celebrate recently.
Pride events in 2022 are expected to be bigger than ever, as the UK marks 50 years of the Pride movement.
So, just when is Pride Month this year, and why is it observed?
Here is everything you need to know.
When is Pride Month 2022?
Every year, Pride Month is celebrated in June.
From June 1 – 30, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies celebrate their identities, accomplishments, and reflect on the struggle for equality.
Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world.
Why is Pride Month celebrated?
The reason why Pride Month is in June is that it marks the police raid that prompted the Stonewall riots – which in turn led to the establishment of LGBTQ+ rights.
The raid took place during the early morning on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
The venue was a popular gathering place for young gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.
Employees were arrested for selling liquor without a license, with police roughing up many of the patrons and clearing the bar.
The LGBTQ+ community held a series of demonstrations to protest against the raid and calling for the establishment of safe spaces for homosexual people – where they can congregate without fear of being arrested or becoming victims of violence.
These riots served as a catalyst for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.
Since then, the LGBTQ+ community annually commemorates the years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equality.
Pride Month is observed with parties, parades, concerts, and other events that celebrate queer identity.
In the UK, the first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held in London on July 1, 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) – so 2022 marks the 50th year of the Pride movement on our shores.
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