June is Pride month! A month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.
Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality. It calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be and is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.
Pride started on 28th June 1970 in New York, as a commemorative parade on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The parade was a public sign of unity marking an important event in the lead up to the gay liberation movement, celebrating diversity and equality and spreading awareness of the LBGTQ community.
London joined the celebration in 1972 and Leeds later followed suit in 2006, hosting their own vibrant Pride parade weekend like many cities around the world. Celebrated on a global scale, each city that has joined in the festivities has launched a unique campaign to spread awareness and love in their own way, with Madrid launching outdoor bars and live music and Berlin hosting one of the largest parades in Europe.
Pride is even marked in remote locations. Mcmurdo station in Antarctica celebrate in total darkness at minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but are determined to be part of the inclusive movement. The Falklands off the coast of Argentina also take part by sending messages of love to those in need and Guam, an island in the Pacific Ocean, launch a small festival on the beach for the locals.
We would like to wish all our colleagues, clients and linguists celebrating, a very happy Pride in 2023.