Pride Month!

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Pride Month!

Lilly Fontaine, Staff Writer

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              In 1969, to honor the Stonewall uprising, it was decided that every June would be LGBT+ pride month. The Stonewall uprising also known as the Stonewall riots was an event that leads to gay liberation. The riots were spontaneous and were to protest against the police raid that had happened at the stone wall in that early morning. These riots were the start for equal rights for LGBT people.

 

             In the 1950s and 1960s, there were very few places that accepted openly gay individuals into their establishments. But at the time the Stonewall Inn was owned by the mafia, and the mafia catered to an assortment of people and was known to be popular among the poor and most alternative people in the gay community: drag queens, transgender people, young men, butch lesbians, male prostitutes, and homeless youth. Soon enough the gay Greenwich residents started riots to protest against routine police raids that were unnecessary.

 

         Nearly nine years later the month of June was labeled pride month causing another uproar of people saying that it is an unnecessary action to give the LGBT+ community a whole month of pride and recognition. But that didn’t stop the LGBT+ community from going all out, from festivals to parades the community knows how to be over the top recognized. Even with all the backlash, they get from homophobic people and disapproving ones, there are always the ones that are proud and strong enough to hold up the pride when others can’t.

 

      Pride month offers a day to celebrate for each sexuality and gender. This gives even more celebration to the month for each to feel important and represented. The month of June is for LGBT pride but even with pride, there is also sadness and loss. On June 3rd, 2019, a young transgender woman’s body was pulled out of a lake in Dallas. Even with pride going on all month, some members of the community are still being hurt, bullied, and even killed for who they are.