Pride: What is it and Why do People Celebrate it?

June is Pride month, which means that all across the world people are celebrating! With festivals, parties, and parades happening, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun of it all. But whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or you are an ally, how much do you really know about Pride? Read on to find out!

What is Pride and where did it originate?

Pride is all about celebrating everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. In June every year, people come together to show their support. With parades, workshops, concerts, and so much more, millions of people come together all over the world! But, as well as being a chance to rejoice, Pride is also a time to commemorate and pay tribute to the history surrounding the LGBTQ+ communities.

Originating in America, Pride began as a way to pay tribute to the 1969 Stonewall riots. These riots were a protest against the police harassment and persecution of the LGBTQ+ communities that occupied queer spaces in New York City at the time. Members and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising that changed the history of gay rights forever. The first Pride celebration occurred on the one-year anniversary after these riots, and has been celebrated ever since.

Why is it important to celebrate Pride?

As well as being a month of celebration, Pride is also about educating people. Although LGBTQ+ rights have come a long way, they still have far to go. Because of this, Pride month is a great time to teach tolerance, acceptance, and equality throughout the world! But, as well as recognising the work we still need to put in, it is also important to use this month to come together in solidarity and support. Pride is all about love, friendship, and creating a safe space for all, no matter how you identify.

How can I celebrate Pride?

There are so many ways you can celebrate Pride in the UK! For example, why not check out your local area and see what events might be happening? Many areas host concerts, festivals, or parties. For example, Pride in London is a massive, dynamic event that boasts huge celebrations! So, if you want to celebrate in style why not grab some friends, get the glitter out, and check out a parade?

But parades and parties aren’t the only way to celebrate Pride. There are plenty of online talks and workshops you can join too. Or, why not host your own get-together? You could make an at-home festival by watching performances from LGBTQ+ musicians, bands, and comedians! While you’re at it, why not treat yourself and your friends to a Limited-Edition Pride Picaboxx too? Check out all our American Gift Boxes here

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Pride is a fantastic celebration of love and equality for all, whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally celebrating in support. So, no matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful, safe, and happy Pride month, from all of us at American Food Mart!

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