Written By Devyanee Dalmia and Edited by Diya Patel
June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBTQ+ community comes together and celebrates the freedom to be themselves. Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of LGBTQ+ minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who they are. In June 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City organized a riot to resist the police harassment and persecution that LGBT Americans were often subjected to. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to ban discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT people (June is Pride). Here at Our Future of Change, we hope to express our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and honor the rich history of pride month through this article.
Who celebrates it? Pride events are celebrated by people who feel that their sexual identity is a part of the LGBTQ+ community as well as LGBTQ+ supporters. LGBT is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. “LGBTQIA” includes queer, intersex, and asex groups. Queer is a general term for non-straight people.
How did this start? In the early morning of June 28, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York, and began to take customers into the street. As tourists refused the arrest, more and more passersby threw bottles and coins into the street, and tensions rapidly increased. The gay community in New York, tired of years of government harassment, broke out in a riot that lasted three days. The activist coalition is modeled after the civil rights movement and the women's rights movement. Members of the organization staged protests, met with political leaders, and disrupted public gatherings to hold these leaders accountable. One year after the Stonewall riots, the country’s first gay pride emerged. In 2016, the area around Stonewall Inn is still the most popular nightclub today and was declared a national monument (Archie, Ayana and Griggs, Brandon).
Heteronomative celebrations are difficult for those who are barred from celebrating them with someone they love. Coming out is never easy, especially when you feel that being respected by the people in your life is dependent upon hiding yourself. You are not a sinner for being who you are, and our heart goes to anyone who has been deeply affected by this. So please show your support to all the LGBTQ+ people in your life. Our Future of Change is here for anyone who is going through this stress and needs someone to talk to—you are valid in who you are, who you want to be, and in who you love.
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