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When is Pride Week?

When is Pride Week?

Why is there a Pride Week?

Gay Pride is like any other form of pride; It is the feeling and reflecting of self-affirmation, worth, equality, dignity, and a sense of overall goodness within oneself...except that you are gay or love someone who is gay. Gay pride celebrations such as parades, festivals, and other special events, promote these basic human rights along with aiding in visibility and acceptance for members of the LGBTQ community. 


June 1970 - Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco - this is where it all began folks! Demonstrations in these cities were born as a response to the police raids of gay and lesbian bars at the Stonewall Inn and others in Greenwich Village in 1969. Known as the Stonewall riots, Stonewall uprising, and the Stonewall rebellion, it was the first time people stood up against the violence and discrimination toward the gay and lesbian community. 


As a result of this uprising, things finally began to change and members of the LGBTQ community were allowed to celebrate themselves and to fight for equal rights without being met with violence or torment. Again, these are fundamental rights that are yours for simply being born.


When is Pride Week?

Gay Pride week is celebrated in June of every year to commemorate the stance taken by these strong-willed individuals who were willing to stand up for liberties afforded to every human being. According to many sources, we give credit to Thom Higgins for crafting the term “Gay Pride” and to Brenda Howard for the idea of a week of LGBTQ-themed events every year.


Now the word “pride” has widely become associated with all things LGBTQ and is recognized worldwide. It is worth celebrating every day, every week, every month, for every life.


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