May sees the kick off to PRIDE! Although April hosted Bury Pride, the full swing of celebrations commences in May. So this Is just a HAPPY PRIDE to all the upcoming events that are taking place.
Ultimately PRIDE Is to celebrate equal and gay rights for those who Identify within the LGBTQ+ community. However, PRIDE also commemorates the Stonewall Riots. The history of the gay rights movement Is often related to the people of NYC In 1969: Patrons of a bar known as the Stonewall Inn, situated In NYC fought back against a discriminatory police raid. Back then homosexuality was still Illegal and men could be arrested for wearing drag, and women faced the same punishment If they were found wearing less than three pieces of ‘feminine’ clothing.
The raid turned Into a full blown riot which was to send the police a loud and clear message about their frustrations with the situation regarding LGBT Individuals. Only a year later a committee was formed to commemorate the riots – therefore welcoming GAY PRIDE.
EVENTS MAY 2019
EXETER PRIDE – 11/05/2019
OXFORD PRIDE – 17/05/2019
KINGS CROSS REMIX – 21/05/2019
BIRMINGHAM PRIDE – 25/05/2019
DURHAM PRIDE – 25/05/2019
GRAMPIAN PRIDE – 25/05/2019
ROCHDALE PRIDE – 25/05/2019
Here’s to a wonderfully rainbow pride! More event s to follow next month for June 2019.
Did you know the pride flag was made In 1978! Originally It had 8 stripes consisting of: ‘Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, Indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit’. However, today the pride flag has 6 stripes.