This weekend is a chance to hit the street and be proud of who you are. Inclusivity means that we’re all invited to the party: you don’t have to be a fully paid-up member of the LGBT tribe, though Pride is fundamentally representative of gay rights.
The six stripe rainbow flag which has become symbolic of Pride was popularised by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. The colours represent diversity and each colour has a different meaning: red is life, yellow is sunlight, green is nature, blue is peace and violet is spirit. In the 80s, a black stripe was added to memorialise AIDS victims.
Pride began in 1970 as the first gay march in the history of the US, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which began in the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street, in Greenwich Village, New York.
Police raided the bar on 28th June 1969 because the New York Liquor Authority at that time prohibited the serving of alcohol to gay men and women as they declared homosexuality ‘disorderly’. The result – a protest agains mistreatment and discrimination that had been building over decades – was rioting, which continued for a week. Today, the Stonewall Riots are remembered as the beginning of the gay rights movement. A year later, in 1970, the anniversary saw 2000 people march from Christopher Street in New York and rally in Central Park. Other cities followed with their own marches, which over the years have become known as ‘pride’ marches.
So go along and enjoy the day and be part of the Pride movement but be aware that Pride is against discrimination; Pride is the opposite of shame.