Pride is all about celebrating the LGBTQ+ community as well as its history and its triumphs in the push for equality. June is recognised as Pride month, meaning that Pride events will often take place around now but many Pride events happen throughout the year.
The exact origins of Pride are often debated but it’s clear that Pride as an event and movement owes a lot to the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots were an event that took place in New York back in 1969 where members of the community, as well as key movement figures such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Stormé DeLarverie, fought against oppression. For more information on the Stonewall riots, have a look at the Stonewall charity website.
Pride is celebrated in all kinds of ways in events that take place in many locations around the world. With many large public Pride events, there’s often a parade or party-like atmosphere, sometimes accompanied by performances from members of the community and their allies. It’s about being proud to be LGBTQ+ and to commemorate the hard work put into the equal rights movement.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, it’s still unclear exactly how most Pride events will be celebrated this year but many around the country have been scheduled. Whilst there’s no news yet on a Sheffield Pride event in the city, other than one being planned, we’ll update if something is announced.
Just because events are yet to be confirmed doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Pride and if you’re not ready for busy events yet anyway, here are a few ideas:
- Have a Pride party with your friends! Whether that’s in person safely or over Zoom
- Listen to music by LGBTQ+ artists
- Make something to express how you feel pride
- Support your LGBTQ+ friends
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