June is all about Pride in the LGBTQ community, and with such a diverse network of Nutrien staff throughout the world, this month we are exploring all the different ways it’s celebrated. There are Pride festivals, parades and events held worldwide, from a parade with millions of people in the streets of New York, to celebrations that prevail despite discriminatory laws that punish people for their sexual orientations and gender identities. Here’s a look at Pride, worldwide.
A Movement Starting at Stonewall
The first Pride Parade took place in New York City in 1970. The organizers wanted to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, which took place in June 1969. Stonewall was a club that welcomed LGBTQ patrons, which was illegal in New York at the time. On June 28, 1969, police raided the club. Many patrons resisted arrest and the action escalated as the police presence grew. Throughout the following days, spontaneous demonstrations took place throughout the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, where Stonewall was located.
Pride on Every Continent
These demonstrations are credited as the first public, widespread actions in the Gay Liberation movement, and have inspired thousands of Pride celebrations in the decade that followed. Prior to Stonewall, there were many demonstrations by LGBTQ organizations, but the actions in New York motivated people worldwide to take up the cause of LGBTQ equality.
Cities all over the world host annual parades and festivals to celebrate Pride month, organized by the local LGBTQ community. Festivals and parades celebrating Pride take place on every single continent – even Antarctica! In 2018, a group of 10 LGBTQ researchers held the first Pride event on the frozen continent, ever.
Pride is for everyone
Just like every person who is part of the LGBTQ community, each Pride event is unique to the city and country where it is located. Many feature a parade made up of community organizations and groups that represent the LGBTQ community, or support it. From the very start, Pride parades have always been about being proud of who you are. In every parade and celebration, you will see people dressed up in outfits that proclaim who they are. They may wear exaggerated makeup, sparkly outfits, rainbow colors, and even just everyday clothes.
Do you ant to join in a pride festival near you? Take a look at the resources below to find one nearby! Not seeing one close enough to your city? Why not start your own!
Find Your Pride
African LGTB Events – Wikipedia