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What is Pride?

LGBTQIA+ pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a social group.

Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTQIA+ rights movements.

Pride month is about celebrating the work of LGBTQIA+ people, education in LGBTQIA+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.

Pride is ultimately a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship.

What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

Often referred to as the LGBT community, the acronym LGBTQIA+ encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual and other terms, such as non-binary and pansexual.

Why we celebrate Pride in June.

Pride is celebrated in June, as it was June 28 1969, that the Stonewall riots took place. The Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich New York, that served as a safe haven for the queer community, was raided by the police. The raid sparked an uprising within the community and the uprising, that lasted 6 days, was the catalyst for the Gay Rights Movement, and consequently changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and around the world.

Why we still need Pride month.

Even with over 1.5 million LGBTQIA+ people living in the UK and the perception of acceptance, between 2016/17 and 2020/2021, the number of reported hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ people more than doubled.

Parades around the cities, and the general conversation around Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community, coupled with these local events, creates an environment where people can feel acceptance of themselves. It also allows others to become more familiar with seeing LGBTQIA+ people being themselves in their local communities, which can go a small way to encouraging acceptance from others.

How you can get involved in Pride month.

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