Pride Month 2022

Annually, across the globe, various events are held during the month of June as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQIA+ people have had around the world. As well as being a month-long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness of current issues facing the community. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.

History

On a hot summer’s night in New York on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was a black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson, leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and clashes. The message was clear — protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.

Pride Month is largely credited as being started by bisexual activist Brenda Howard. Known as ‘The Mother of Pride,’ Brenda organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade a year after the Stonewall Riots. This eventually morphed into what we now know as the New York City Pride March and was the catalyst for the formation of similar parades and marches across the world.

Pride Month is so important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as the wider societal implications. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way since the riots of 1969 and by continuing in this long-standing tradition we continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness.

Click here to read the 2022 Presidential Proclamation on Pride Month

How to Celebrate

Here at Victra, our Victra Pride Alliance [VPA] ERG is celebrating all month long and invite you to join us! Here you can find an archive of the entire month’s events so that you don’t miss out.

  • Pride Month Teams Backgrounds
  • LGBTQIA+ Icons
  • More Upcoming Blog Posts
  • ERG Member’s Pride Stories
  • Fun Facts
  • Awareness & Education
  • Music & Games
  • And More!