In our corner of Kansas, I have heard people talking about Pride month. Most of the conversations run along the lines of, why does it exists, why do they have to have a parade, why all of the events to celebrate being homosexual or whatever they are, why dont we have a straight parade and so on. Instead of banging my head onto a brick wall, I decided to write about it.
The June 28 Pride Parade is to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Up until that time, most LGBTQ people lived in the closet. Bars were about the only places where they could hang out and be who they were. The police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in NYC, but this time the LBGTQ community rose up and fought back. More and more protests erupted. Within a few months, three newspapers were established and two gay rights organizations were established. Within a few years, gay rights activist groups were established around the United States.
The June 28 Pride Parade is a celebration of human beings who decided to make sure that those who were LGBTQ could live the life they were born to live and they would have the same human rights as everyone else. Its an opportunity for people to be proud of who they are, when who they are would have been illegal 50 years ago. Its never been illegal to be straight. This is why Pride exists.