Even as the month of June comes to an end, the celebration of pride will continue throughout the year.
Pride began as a protest where the queer community responded to a police raid that began at the Stonewall Inn, which is a bar, that served as a safe haven for New York City’s gay, lesbian and transgender community. These raids became more common throughout the United States. On June 28th, 1969, members of the LGBTQ+ community made the courageous decision to fight back, sparking a new historical uprising that would launch a new era of resistance that would later turn into a celebration of freedom, human rights and community.
Today the LGBTQIA+ community continues its work to bring solace and a place of security to many people, who are still being rejected and attacked for being truly who they want to be. Pride celebrations are about visibility and creating a sense of belonging for people who may not have it and about giving hope to people who feel like nothing will get better. Without pride, emerging queers may feel trapped within the mental and emotional challenges where they feel like if they “come out” they will not be accepted and feel completely alone.
The pride flag itself symbolizes a different meaning within its colors.
- Red, for life, passion and blood, a vital life force.
- Orange, healing through celebration and fun.
- Yellow, sunlight, functioning as the flags radiant and bright center. Stimulating new ideas and growth.
- Green, finding healing within nature and for prosperity and growth.
- Blue, serenity and the ability to feel calm and secure.
- Purple, presenting the spirit and the connection with the spiritual realm.
- Black and Brown, represents the BIPOC community and the importance of people of color. A black transgender woman by the name of Marsha P. Johnson was the first to fightback against the police brutality at during the Stonewall Inn riots, and a large majority of people who fought alongside her were BIPOC.
- Pink, Baby Blue and White, represents trans people. Traditionally, the colors pink and baby blue have been used to represent whether a baby is a boy or a girl. Here, the colors denote those genders. The color white represents people who are transitioning, intersex, or identify outside of the gender binary.
Pride is an open door to new possibilities, it’s proof that you are loved and appreciated unconditionally. For all, and as a community we need to keep marching, celebrating and continuing to rise up as long as there are individuals who need it.