In general grammatical terms pride is defined as a “consciousness of one’s own dignity”. There are, naturally, different definitions of the word pride and different interpretations.

For members of the LGBTQ+ community it is held up as a momentous beacon of taking pride in who you are and for standing against discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people. While these issues are fought for and supported year round the month of June has become synonymous with Pride marches and known and Pride month around the globe.

The history of Pride month and marches began on November 2, 1969 when Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes came together in New York City for the first ever pride march. However, the motivation that spurred the first march was born from LGBTQ+ people who rioted after a police raid on the Stonewell Inn a gay bar in New York City. Known as the “Mother of Pride” Brenda Howard coordinated the march along with a series of events. It is this march, and organization by Howard, that would give rise to and inspire the yearly LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations, in June, around the world.

The Pride marches are now held across the globe and to much aplomb in the month of June. However, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and the education of society on these issues requires year round, twenty-four/seven attention equal to the intensity that it commands in the month of June.

Why is this necessary? Because there are those pockets of society, those groups of people, who pose the question as to why it is necessary for the LGBTQ+ community puts on a parade to celebrate their sexual orientation. The most common argument that the detractors make is that straight people don’t have parades so why should the LGBTQ+ community. While strides have been made, some more significant than others, it is questions such as these that show that the work to educate and remove prejudices from society is far from over.

And to answer those would have this question. It is incumbent upon all of society to recognize and celebrate our differences. Unfortunately, not everyone share this philosophy or point of view. It is in these instances where members of the LGBTQ+ community are made to feel uncomfortable in the environments be it in working conditions or socially. LGBTQ+ people are made to feel uncomfortable enough to consider whether holding their partner’s hand in public is a good idea. Whereas, for a straight person, this sort of consideration would not even enter their conscious thought processes. These are just one of the more simplistic reasons why it is important to show the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. And, importantly, to show that embracing who you are and living freely is encouraged and celebrated.