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International Pride Day: Why is it Celebrated on June 28?

International Pride Day is commemorated on June 28. Learn about the history behind this annually celebrated date

International Pride Day is commemorated on June 28.

June is the month of sexual diversity. This is because it remembers the demonstrations that occurred after the New York police violently intervened at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

The Stonewall Uprising

On June 28, 1969, in the early hours of the morning, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in Greenwich Village that was frequented by members of the gay community. Following the police intervention, spontaneous protests by the Greenwich Village community began. The gay community quickly organized, escalating their protests from criticizing the police’s actions to demanding an end to discrimination based on their sexual preferences.

On June 28, 1970, the first gay pride marches were held in New York and Los Angeles. Since then, several cities have joined this celebration of sexual diversity.

The gay pride march takes place every year on the last Saturday of June, on a date close to the 28th, to remember the events at Stonewall.

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What Does the Term Pride Mean?

Pride is a movement that celebrates sexual and gender diversity. It aims to promote equal rights and the acceptance of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The term Pride is used to refer to both the movement and the month of June, known as Pride Month.

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What Does the Pride Flag Mean?

The rainbow flag, also known as the Pride flag, is a symbol of the LGBTQIA+ community. It represents diversity and inclusion and has become a global icon of the movement for community rights.

What Do the Colors of the LGBTQIA+ Flag Mean?

Each color of the rainbow flag has a specific meaning:

  • Red: Life
  • Orange: Health
  • Yellow: Sunlight
  • Green: Nature
  • Blue: Peace
  • Violet: Spirit

What Do the Initials LGBTQIA+ Mean?

LGBTQIA+ is an acronym that encompasses different sexual and gender identities:

  • L: Lesbian
  • G: Gay
  • B: Bisexual
  • T: Transgender
  • Q: Queer
  • I: Intersex
  • A: Asexual
  • +: Includes other identities not mentioned in the acronym

What Does the Term Queer Mean?

Queer is a term used to describe people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to heteronormative norms. Originally used as an insult, the term has been reclaimed by the LGBTQIA+ community as a form of self-identification and empowerment.

What Does Pansexual Mean?

Pansexual refers to romantic, sexual, or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may be attracted to men, women, transgender people, non-binary people, and other gender identities.

Pride: Quotes About Gay Pride and Against Homophobia

  • Never be intimidated by silence, accept your definition, stand up for yourself.
  • It’s not about being all the same. It’s about learning to respect the differences.
  • Knock down those closet doors, stand up and start fighting.
  • A revolutionary act is telling our story ourselves.
  • When you are honest, you find others like you.
  • Being different is good.
  • Do what’s right without hiding anymore, dare to march for tolerance, acceptance, and understanding.
  • Love is, in itself, a higher law.
  • There is nothing wrong with you, the world you live in is what is wrong.
  • The world would be better if we made an effort to be less horrible to each other.
  • Love is love.
  • Just like being a woman, being an ethnic or religious minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. —Hillary Clinton
  • I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole. —Morgan Freeman
  • Don’t hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you are against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet H on your shirt, and admit you are a homophobe.
  • It was really intense for me to start having conversations with God when I remembered that the laws created by man in my religion say being homosexual is bad. —Ricky Martin
  • A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the main victims of patriarchy, and also with the end of homosexual oppression. —Kate Millet
  • I am homosexual. How and why I am are unnecessary questions. It’s like wanting to know why my eyes are green. —Jean Genet
  • Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common. —Dorothy Parker
  • Although I never use that word, the correct term to define my sexual orientation is ‘bisexual’. And I believe that bisexuality is not something you choose, it’s a fact. What I have chosen is to live an exclusively homosexual relationship. —Cynthia Nixon
  • I am tired of hiding and tired of lying by omission. I have suffered for years because I was afraid of being out of the closet, but today I am here because I am gay. —Ellen Page

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