It’s Pride Month and we’ve been preparing to soak ourselves in sparkle, dust off our rainbow banners and go participate in the good times.
June marks the 51st celebration of Pride Month, a time when millions of people come together in support of the LGBTQ+ community by walking in parades and attending festivals.
This year, many celebrations across the globe will resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more people receive a coronavirus vaccine.
With marches, celebrations, and shows going on all over the world, there’s definitely something for everyone to celebrate and be included, whether it’s from your couch or joining a parade in your city — as well as getting familiar with some significant social history en route.
The Origins of Pride Month
Pride month commended each June as a recognition for the individuals who were engaged with the Stonewall Riots. It dates back to June 28, 1969, when police raided a gay club called the Stonewall Inn in New York.
Despite the fact that the police asserted the bar was working with an illegal alcohol permit, the attack was nothing more than harassment and locking up LGBTQ+ individuals in one of only a handful of a few spots where they had some sense of security.
Comparable attacks on gay-accommodating organizations had been happening for quite a long time, however, Stonewall was one of the first occasions when the supporters retaliated.
A different horde of lesbians, gay men, and transsexual ladies, a large number of whom were ethnic minorities, conflicted with the police, hurled bottles at them and would not be threatened.
The protests lasted for six days and are subsequently known as the Stonewall Riots. A New York rally was held the following year to honor the main commemoration of the riots which began the now-normal custom of Pride Month.
The New York Pride Parade is one of the largest and most well-known parades to take place, with over 2 million people estimated to have taken part in 2019.
Pride Month Traditions
Pride Month is for everybody to accept their identity and tell the world — in style! The rainbow suitably connotes the beautiful exercises and kinds of activities during this month-long festival.
These incorporate huge assemblies, pride marches, parties, workshops, shows, and incalculably more LGBTQ+ occasions to draw in members from everywhere.
The Pride community invests heavily in their development, going all out for the celebrations with intricate outfits, cosmetics, and, obviously, glitter — so they shimmer for the entire world to see!
Remembrances and dedications are likewise held for individuals from the local area who have lost their lives to detest wrongdoings and HIV/AIDS. Missions and rallies plan to advance and protect the set of experiences and prosperity of the lesbian, gay, sexually unbiased, and transsexual local area.
How To Celebrate Pride Month 2021
- GET SOME KNOW HOW
There’s a motivation behind why “portrayal matters” has for some time been a mobilizing cry for the LGBTQ community: From books to motion pictures to TV, the accounts we burn-through have the ability to shape how we see others — and ourselves.
So when a film comes along that figures out how to truly nail the eccentric experience, you just have to give it a watch. It’s not only about celebrations, rainbows, and sparkles.
So set aside some effort to find out about individuals who united this powerful movement. “Milk” featuring Sean Penn is an incredible film to start off and depicts the existence of the principal straightforwardly gay lawmaker, Harvey Milk.
- REP YOUR FLAG!
Grab a rainbow, lesbian, bi, ace, pan, or some other banner/flag of your inclination and wave it with pride! Every one of the rainbow banner’s unique eight tones has importance: red for life, orange for healing, pink for sex, green for nature, turquoise for enchantment, yellow for sun, purple for soul and blue for harmony.
Don’t have a banner?
Then, wear your colours on a T-shirt, a hairband, or on the laces of your shoes. You could even paint your face with the tones that represent you — be just about as imaginative as you like to show your support.
- JOIN IN A PRIDE PARADE
Run, walk, skip, or dance in a pride march. You don’t have to identify as LGBTQ+ to go to a pride walk. Everybody is free to show their support for gay rights and correspondence for all, so look at what’s going on locally and go participate in the good times!
Pride Month in The Rainbow Nation
This year, some Pride Month festivities will resume in person, depending on where you live. However, many have been postponed until later this year or next due to the coronavirus.
In 2021, Cape Town Pride Parade will be virtual, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme for this year’s pride season is #YouMatter
Despite not being able to meet up physically this year, members of the LGBTQ+ community can continue to celebrate their sexuality with Pride by getting in touch with Olivia Grey directly.
We are proud to affiliate ourselves with multiple partners and friends in the community and pride ourselves in having created a safe space to discuss sexual health and wellness in the Cape Quarter.
Please feel free to pop in at any time or contact us directly for any support or information you may need.
While you’re at it, why not check out our selection of pride month goodies to help you celebrate in style!
- Justin 8" Rainbow Suction Cup Dildo | Swan R1,095
- RO-80mm 7 Speed Rainbow Bullet Vibrator | Rocks Off R450
- Pig-Ring | Oxballs R595