Pride Month: The Origin
Some people have the common misconception that all members of the LGBTQIA+ have it easy. Now that relationships between people of the same sex have been normalized at least in cities like Los Angeles, for example, life isn’t hard at all! After all, who doesn’t want a GBF (Gay Best Friend)?
Although things have gotten better for the community, there is still more ground to be covered and more things to be accomplished.
Many people have the misconception that Pride Month is just a celebration; and although it is a celebration, the true meaning of Pride Month is much more. You see, after the Stonewall Riots (demonstrations of “rebellion” against police officers by LGBTQIA+ folk that occurred during the late 60s), people began celebrating themselves and what it meant to be Gay, Bisexual, etc.
It’s worth noting that the majority of those who stood against hate and against these police officers were people of color – the most notable Marsha P. Johnson, a Trans Womxn of color.
People should in fact celebrate and embrace themselves during Pride Month. However, they should keep in mind not only the origin of it, but also the fact that everyone must be included. Many people of color often feel excluded from the movement; this, in turn, discourages queer youth (of color) from being themselves. This must and will be fixed, after all, one of the many mothers of this movement was a Womxn of color.