Pride Month!

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Pride Month!

Riley Osborn and Kaylee Coquyt, Journalist

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Every year, the month of June is a month where the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and their allies come together to celebrate love, differences, and acceptance.

 

This month is filled with individuals feeling a sense of empowerment about who they are, and who they love.

 

In the 1950’s – 1960’s America had very extreme views on the LGBTQ+ community, that being homosexual was a mental illness. So organizations decided to fight against this, protesting and having LGBT marches, trying to make their point that they should be treated fairly

 

On June 28th, 1969, there was a riot held by people of the LGBTQ+ community against police raids. This paved the way for many events and changes in the way the whole community was treated.

 

June was chosen the national “Gay Pride” month due to the uproar of that riot.

 

During this month, there are marches, parties, concerts, parades, and much more.

 

Most Gay Pride parades and marches, especially in big cities, are very loud, flashy, and packed.

 

Some marches having up to 500,000 people join. While others are very low key and chill. Just a community gathering where they eat foods and play games.

 

Some people go to embrace who they are and celebrate it, while others go to have fun and meet people, either way, it’s an overall welcoming experience.

 

Although, some parades/marches attract protesters, people who think being gay is wrong or a sin. The best thing to do is just ignore them, they wasted their time to try and force their opinions on you, why should you do the same to them?

 

A lot of people are actually afraid to go, scared of seeing someone they know and being outed, but just remember they are there too. They are either apart of it or supporting it.

 

You also have the choice of going with friends or going alone, whichever you choose, the people there are very upbeat and understanding and they will include you no matter what.

 

People get together and celebrate this month, thankful that the views on them have changed in the past decades.

 

However, there are the people who still don’t accept the community and the people in it.

 

The LGBTQ+ community is still criticized and disapproved of. As we continue our journey into the 21st century big leaps and bounds are being taken forward as some of these people are becoming more open-minded and accepting.

 

It’s a slow process but one by one people everywhere are beginning to break barriers and accept that love is love!

 

Happy pride month!