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Pride Month

Pride Month
Every year, in the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates pride in many ways. Aside from celebrating gay pride, it also serves as an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness of issues surrounding the LGBT community. Pride month features community events, public speaking, educational sessions, street festivals, and many more. One of the prime highlights of the event is the pride parade, popularized by the New York Pride Parade, one of the largest parades to take place.

How it came to be. LGBT Pride is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. It promotes dignity, equal rights, and self-affirmation. It is also a way to raise awareness of the issues that the LGBT community face. The celebration came to be when Brenda Howard, known as the ‘Mother of Pride’, coordinated the first LGBT Pride March. Moreover, the month of June was chosen because it commemorates the Stonewall Riots in June 1969.

What happened during the Stonewall Riots? The Stonewall Riots, also known as the Stonewall Uprising or the Stonewall Rebellion, were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community in response to a police raid in Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, including lesbians and gays in the village, fought back when the police became violent. The incident led to the Stonewall Riots and became pivotal in the gay liberation movement as well as modern movements for LGBT rights in the United States. Article source: AwarenessDays.com 

The Iloilo Pride Team, together with various stakeholders, leads the Iloilo Pride March with the theme ‘Pride Pyesta: Selebrasyon sang Pagbalik: Painting the City of Love with Rainbows. It is the 7th pride march, and the first grand one post-pandemic. The event was attended by members of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) organizations, allies, local government units, and companies.

The event was also graced by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas and wife, Mrs Rosalie Treñas, Joseph Romanoff of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Gabriela, Bayan Partylist, Kabataan Partylist, DUAG – WVSU, Klite Candelario, Phi Phi Palmos, and Home Credit.

 

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