Happy Pride Month!! It’s the best month of the year, isn’t it? As much as we have our cute rainbow products, we decided to do something a bit different this year. Considering everything that is going on in the world right now, we decided to summarize some LGBTQIA+ issues and understand what we can do to make sure everyone is being respected. This is our last article about it, and we are going to talk about why we still need Pride and Parades.
What is the Pride movement and Pride Parades?
Historically, society has been very closed and avoided anything that would allow the community to start a proper movement. There were several trials of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ that didn’t fail but didn’t manage to create a movement that would embrace everyone that was fighting separately. The first parade itself was in 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, the gay bar in NYC, decided not to take it anymore. They went to the streets and together many other cities in the USA had riots demanding civil rights. The Stonewall Riot is now known as the first Gay Parade. In the 1980s, the words ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ were dropped due to pressure from members of the community that were more conservative. They were replaced with the ‘Gay Pride’ term. The story is much longer and there are many details that might be useful to get to know. If you want to know more details, click here https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/inside-the-first-pride-parade-a-raucous-protest-for-gay-liberation-lgbtq
Although the Pride Parades have been happening for so long, the Pride Movement that keeps it going gets stronger every day. Not only because of new people coming out and being comfortable in their own skin, but also because the more society evolves, the more we see that most constitutions are still old school and do not tackle matters specific to the community i.e. transgender rights. The Pride Movement exists exactly because of that. The goal is to make sure everyone has their rights laid out in law so there is no discrimination.
Why do we still need it?
Unfortunately, it is hard to get these changes accepted and officialised by lawmakers and society. It is a very complicated matter but here are some bullet points on why we still need to keep fighting:
70% of people that are not straight are afraid of being open about it in public
24% are still not open with anyone about it
40% of the community has had at least one incident for being LGBTQIA+
10% have experienced physical or sexual violence
94% of incidents have not been reported
Non-Binarys are still not legally recognized in the UK
24% of homeless young people identify as part of the community
Some of this data is from 2018 and others more recent. Do you think it has changed at all since then? If anything, it seems to have gotten worse. Here are some links with more information:
It is the saddest of all three articles we wrote for this wonderful month. However, we understand that the discussion much deeper than any light subject. People die every day simply because they are themselves and society remains oblivious about it. It is a fight that will keep going forever and maybe one day society will accept differences without discrimination or violence. Until then, we will keep fighting. Equality is key and it’s the only way forward.
If you find yourself in a vulnerable situation, please seek help. Do not think that you do not deserve or that you will be turned away becasue of who you are. It's important that you seek for help. You deserve your life and you are perfect as you are. Do not ever let anyone else tell you otherwise.