LGBTQ+ Pride Month Awareness
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – Jason Collins, first ever male athlete to publicly identify as gay.
Imagine chilling at a pub table surrounded by your friends. The drinks are pouring, the mood is light, and there’s smiles all around. Someone mentions a few crazy ideas for making love with passion, followed by the entire room erupting into laughter. You bet it’s going to be one of those nights.
Except, it’s not. Turning your head to the commotion at the entrance, you spot heavily armed law enforcement making their way in. As they make their way around the room, the mood collapses faster than an alcoholic who’s punch-drunk hungover.
15 minutes later, you’ve found yourself in a good old fashioned pub fight filled with chaos, flying plates, and brawling all about. The only issue is that it isn’t you vs. some jealous boyfriend who’s pissed at you for hitting on his girl. It’s you and the entire room, against the police that’ve just stormed the establishment.
The reason behind their intrusion? They think you have bad taste in women (and men).
What is LGBTQ+ pride month all about?
While it may sound like a scene that’s taken directly from a movie, it’s actually a historical event that took place on June 28,1969. Known as the Stonewall Riots, the decision to fight back against the police sparked a series of movements that would evolve into what we know today as LGBTQ pride month.
During the month of June, people that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary, transsexual, or queer gather together to advocate their support for freedom of sexual orientation. Shunned from society and feeling as though they don't belong, they have banded together and assembled a community of like-minded patriots who all know what it's like to be judged simply for being who they truly are.
These patriots believe that love knows no boundaries and that everyone should have equal rights when it comes to affection, marriage, and relationships. Through events known as gay parades and pride festivals, individuals rally together to express their voice and support in the hopes of reminding everyone what love is really all about.
How a rainbow became the symbol for the LGBTQ community
There's numerous colors that make up the rainbow, just like there's numerous sexual preferences that people identify with. Each shade of the rainbow represents a certain meaning associated with it, with the most popular colors being:
Like many revolutionary movements that have taken place in history, the pride movement is no stranger to conflict and obstacles.
Former gay pride flags included additional colors such as black and brown, which represented the dark times the LGBTQ+ community has been through. During the HIV/AIDS virus that swept across the globe, gay men were the individuals at the highest risk due to the ease at which the virus spreads through anal sex.
With great stigma towards the gay population, the voices of the gay community were no louder than a quiet whisper. Additionally, little governmental intervention in terms of healthcare treatments and finding a cure left victims to fend for themselves.
Through persistence and commitment, news about the existence of HIV/AIDS slowly came to light. As their voices grew louder, so did their support, which eventually led to political parties finally paying attention to these growing issues and taking action against them. This led to the creation of experimental medications and treatments for the treatment and suppression of HIV/AIDS, providing the afflicted with a chance of hope.
Today, the flag no longer bears the black colors - a physical representation of the dark times they have overcome. Burnt away like a stain of the past, the rainbow flag reminds the community to hold their heads high and to be proud of their orientation, no matter what they associate with.
The next time you see a rainbow flag flying in the sky, remember that it didn’t always look that way. It took many hardships before the true colors of the flag, and the people it represented, could be shown to the world.
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