Pride Parade

WHAT IS PRIDE?

OUR HERSTORY: WHERE WE STARTED

The year was 1969. Queer culture and the LGBTQIA+ community worldwide had been repressed, neglected, abused, and ignored  up until that point in history. But on June 28th 1969 at The Stonewall Inn   in NYC, around 1.20am, during a    regular police raid of the venue,  our community stood up, and said ENOUGH.

Marsha P Johnson, a black transgender gay rights activist,  and  Sylvia Rivera,   a Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist  began a riot, throwing the first bricks in a protest against the police, and so began the Gay Rights Liberation movement. 

The Stonewall Inn  is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the   gay liberation  movement and the modern fight for   LGBT rights in the United States.

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PRIDE IN THE UK

Over the years, Pride has been organised by several organisations since the first official UK Gay Pride Rally which was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) with approximately 2,000 participants. This was the first ever Pride event and rally to be seen in the U.K. The first marches took place in November 1970 with 150 men walking through Highbury Fields in North London. In 1981, the usual Pride march and rally was not held in London, decamping to Huddersfield instead as an act of solidarity with the Yorkshire gay community who claimed that West Yorkshire Police were harassing them by repeatedly raiding the Gemini Club, a leading nightclub in the North of England at the time.

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PRIDE FLAGS

Did you know that each colour within the all inclusive pride flag represents something? FUN FACT - within the original pride flag pink was included, however was too expensive to print, so it was removed later on.

Check out what each colour represents in the traditional pride flag, along with all the different flags here, each representing a different part of our diverse community!

LGBTQIA+ ACRONYM DEFINITIONS

Every wondered what each letter stands for within the LGBTQIA+ acronym, well, now is your chance to find out! 

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