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Today marks the beginning of Pride Month 2023, guys! How are you going to celebrate Pride Month this year?

But first and foremost, why is LGBT Pride Month celebrated in June?

Well, it’s to commemorate the Stonewall riots and the impact it made on the lives of LGBT people worldwide. Stonewall served as the catalyst for change, the emergence of gay rights movements in the US, and the LGBT community’s subsequent fight for rights and equality.

The Stonewall riots—also known as the Stonewall uprising, Stonewall rebellion, or simply Stonewall—refers to a series of spontaneous protests by members of the gay community from June 28 to July 3, 1969.

Stonewall refers to the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar owned and operated by the New York Mafia which is located in the Greenwich Village in New York City. It is famous for being the site of the riot that lasted for days, which started because of what seemed at first, a usual police raid that took place at around 1:20 am on June 28, 1969. Raids were common during that period, but in that particular moment something shifted, and for the first time the LGBT community was fighting back and saying, “We are gay and we are here to stay.” 

Stage and Cinema -DVD Review: STONEWALL UPRISING (PBS)
 Photographer: Joseph Ambrosini of the New York Daily News

This year’s theme is “Rage and Resilience,” and is said to have been chosen to “reflect the current global climate with the resurgence of anti-LGBT bills and laws.”

Having said all that, we encourage everyone to join the festivities, be it the Pride Parade, rallies, workshops, concerts, exhibits, and various other LGBTQ+ events in your area.

More importantly, we also enjoin everyone to not only engage in discussions on social media but to raise awareness about the challenges being faced by the LGBTQ+ community today as well. Pride Month, after all, is about honoring LGBTQ+ history, recognizing how far the LGBTQ community has come, not to mention raising visibility and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.

Happy Pride Month 2023, guys!

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