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Explained: The story behind why June is Pride Month

Jun 11, 2020 08:25 IST

June across the world is celebrated as Pride Month. Rainbow flags, floats and cheers of LGBTQ+ people of all cultures come out, of the closet and on to the streets to show the world that they are here! But where does the idea of June as the Pride Month even come from? The gay rights movement that catapulted it to global focus was in June 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn in NYC. The incident at Stonewall, a popular gathering space for LGBTQ+ community, became emblematic of the pride marches. Speaking of emblems, the rainbow flag is synonymous with Pride. It was created by artist Gilbert Baker at the request of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., to create a symbol of pride for the gay community. Baker saw the rainbow as a natural flag from the sky, so he adopted eight colours for the stripes, each colour with its own meaning, red for life orange for healing yellow for sunlight green for nature indigo for harmony violet for spirit Pride is a global celebration, with India participating in its own unique flavour. The 21DaysAllyChallenge, an initiative by Pride Circle, kicked off on June 1 . Under this initiative, allies are invited to engage in a series of 21 mini-challenges spread over a period of 21 days in the month of June. This is based on science that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. ‘Visible allies to the LGBT community make a huge difference, whether that’s championing LGBT rights in your work, or supporting LGBT family members or friends.’ - Pete Mercer, Head of Global Programmes, Stonewall (UK) Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality.

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