Love is worth a lot more than to be hidden in a closet: Happy Pride Month
Ever heard of the word rushing through social media handles, and other blog sites focusing on one thing, letting the world drown on how important love is, irrespective of the sex towards which they develop an irrational infatuation and affection on, and then taking that deep hearted courage to pronounce the words, accepting who you are, and then tapping the keyboard to smile from the scene, I’m ready and full well to come out of the closet?
Every year during the month of June the LGBTQ community celebrates its eximiousness in a number of different and spiffing ways. Across the globe, various events are organised to let the people to know and acknowledge LGBTQ people as one of their own.
The Pride Month celebrates the self-affirmation, dignity, equality and increased visibility cum empowerment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The month-long celebration was notably christened the Pride to give a warming shot out to those feelings as the community comes closer and raises a toast to acknowledge their rights and to party.
The pride month commemorates the Stonewall riots. One perspiring summer night in New York on the June of 28th in 1969, the gendarmerie raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich village which in the end spiralled towards the members taking hold of the fire torch into their hands and rioting outside Christopher Street as the breeze breathing high on fury caressed their livid phizogs.
Among the many leaders of the riot was one black, trans and bisexual woman, christened Marsha P Johnson who marched ahead with her notion clear for 6 days, fuelling the fire for their rights for they were humans too. They wanted the outside world to acknowledge their sexuality and not disown them for being different from the two populous sexualities known to human kind, and they wished they could walk around too, with their heads held high, and with no fear of judgements on this unique sexuality they possessed, enjoying their life just like any other human.
Pride month is mostly credited to bisexual activist Brenda Howard, who is also known as the mother of Pride. Brenda organised gay pride marches in Christopher Street exactly a year after the Stonewall riots. This slowly but steadily marched to transmogrify into what is today popularly known as the New York City Pride March and served the catalyst to many other marches throughout the world.
It usually follows the marchers carrying with them a rainbow flag that they unfurl with pride kissing the skies. Speaking of the rainbow flag, a gay politician Harvey Milk asked his talented designer friend Gilbert Baker to design an all-encompassing flag to be taken to the San Francisco march.
The flag, in reality carries a provoking message of its own. Hot Pink symbolised sexuality, Red for Life, Orange for Healing, Yellow for Sun, Green for Nature, Blue for Art, Indigo for Harmony and Violet for Spirit. Today we’ve six colours in the flag and is in common use today with the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple/violet.
Bill Clinton was the first US president to officially recognise the pride month, only to be succeeded by Barack Obama. Pride month starts with great pomp and show from June 1 to have it prolonging till June 29, the day after the Stonewall riots.
There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate Pride, as long as you’re being safe and inclusive in your festivities. Some folks attend picnics with queer friends, while others spend time in the community via Zoom events, and still, others simply donate to their favourite LGBTQ organizations.
Another idea that has been showing a common front fold is encouraging people who aren’t in the LGBTQ+ community to explore your favourite LGBTQ+ stories: books, TV shows, theatre, movies. Through these stories, they can experience the joys, challenges, hopes, and humanity of LGBTQ+ people and, as a result, become stronger allies.
Over the years, more events have also centred around queer youth and young allies, and you’ll often find entire families celebrating together—which, in turn, helps to promote more accepting and inclusive future generations. Whether you choose to learn more about LGBTQ history, go to a local drag event, attend a queer film festival, raise money for your local LGBTQ center, or wave flags with your family at local Pride parades, it’s the perfect time to learn, grow, and, yes, of course party!
With much of the country starting to reopen after the pandemic brought things to a standstill last year, there is a mix of virtual and in-person events taking place. To kick things off, Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement organization for the LGBTQ+ community, will have its fourth annual Stonewall Day, a global campaign to elevate awareness and support for the Stonewall rebellion legacy and the continuing fight for full LGBTQ+ equality.
How far are we, in celebrating pride, and acknowledging it as yet another one of our own? The news has to answer. Even today, there are a lot of people who look down upon the LGBTQ community with disgust and act as if they shouldn’t belong in the group. Remember one thing, love is selfless, and extends beyond boundaries. If love can occur at any age, then it can take place between any two sexes which can be the same ones, or different.
A human with a feeling, yet they are different from the concept of love that you have grown around. But that doesn’t make them a stranger. No one is born homophobic. It’s what you instil into them that shall bring about a change in their perception of seeing Pride.
Accept, and embrace your children, and other fellow beings if they bring about the courage to open up, to come out of the closet. It took them a great deal to accept it, handle them with care, and show them your love, and have their back always, because come what may, they are still your loved ones, the ones they trusted with their emotions for long.
Repeat aloud, different is the new love, and hey dear world, you’ve got other problems to deal with than boys who kiss boys and girls who kiss girls and the ones who do both. They are high on love, and take a moment to appreciate that oozing love and trust with the half they have chosen, and yes, with Pride!
Happy Pride Month!