What is Pride Month and How Did it Start?
Pride Month is celebrated every year across the world in June to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising of 1968, for many of us Pride is one of the highlights of our social calendar but it is also important to understand how it started.
In the early hours of June 27, 1968 police entered the Stonewall Inn, New York and began to arrest its workers for selling alcohol without a licence. The bar opened in 1930 serving as a safe refuge for the LGBTQ+ community and during the 1960s and 70s homosexual acts were still illegal. Tired of being discriminated against, the people in the bar decided to fight back and a riot broke out which continued for the next five days. The news spread throughout the world uniting communities to join the protests to demand equality and was the start of the gay pride movement. On the first anniversary of the riots the first gay pride march took place, according to The New York Times, it started small with just a few hundred people but quickly gained traction with thousands of people gathered over three-quarters of a mile. Just over 50 years later the NYC Pride March attracts millions and the official theme for 2021 is “The Fight Continues”.
As we celebrate Pride we still need to be mindful of what came before and what changes still need to happen because sadly LGBTQ+ people are still being abused and discriminated against in schools and the workplace. Visit the Stonewall website and see how you can get involved or make a donation, Hobo & Hatch stand united with our LGBTQ+ community and the journey towards a free world “where everyone is accepted without exceptions.”
By Sarah Ridgway