Wearing a rainbow dress, Taylor Swift marked Pride month with a heartfelt speech at her concert in Chicago on June 2. Before performing the song Delicate, she acknowledged the progress made toward LGBTQ+ equality, but acknowledged there is still a long way to go.
“May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid and vulnerable and say how they feel.”
This is what Pride month is all about: a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ people.
But where did Pride begin? Let’s take it back to the Stonewall Inn, the hub of the NYC gay community in the 1960s and a “safe place” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
However, on June 28, 1969 New York City police raided the club just after 3am, roughly hauling employees and patrons out of the Inn. Tired of police targeting gay clubs, the raid resulted in six days of protests that acted as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the U.S. and around the world.
Just a year later on June 28, the first Gay Pride March was held by the Christopher Street Liberation Committee to commemorate the riots. By 1984, Pride celebrations were well established in many major U.S. cities as well as around the world.
Now, the entire month of June is a time in which we break out the rainbows and take a stand for equality. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in every state. In 2017, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ employees was unconstitutional.
While Pride is a celebration of the progress toward achieving full and lasting equality, it is also a protest against the discrimination that many LGBTQ+ people still face. This includes:
- Police brutality and profiling
- Anti-trans “bathroom bills”
- Limits on transgender members of the military
- Non-LGBT-friendly healthcare policies
- Removal of LGBT+ Americans from the Census
- Discrimination at retail stores and in the workplace
This Pride month, celebrate the gains made for LGBTQ+ rights and take real action to work toward full and lasting equality. Join SameSide at Unplug Meditation for an empowering, pre-PRIDE Meditation with teacher Amy Sandler. In partnership with GLAAD, we’ll get our chill on as we get ready to celebrate PRIDE and show our support for equality.
Celebrate PRIDE in a fun and unique way while connecting with a community of allies, activists, and like-minded friends. Tickets on sale now!