Why pride festivals are important to the community?

The Pride festival (also called pride marches/ pride events/ pride parades) is the most popular stage for showcasing the pride of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) group. This is an outdoor event where people belonging to the LGBTQ community come out to celebrate their existence, their acceptance in the society and achievement of legal rights. Generally, pride events occur annually in the month of June.

History:

The very first incident which led to the pride festival took place long back in the year 1969. There was a gay club in downtown Manhattan named ‘Stonewall Inn’ where the police used to raid every now and then. On 28th June 1969 the patrons of the club also fought back and a riot broke out amongst the community members and the police. This happened 45 years ago and led to the beginning of the gay rights movement which later became …

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What are the small things that you can do to help the LGBTQ community?

Discriminatory divisions are with human civilization since the beginning. Society creates several walls to keep one section or the other away from normal participation and enjoys this sense of superiority. It is less social and more psychological in nature. When it comes to the LGBTQ community this discrimination and abuse are more acute as it makes even survival a challenging task.

If we believe in the uniqueness of every individual, then we have to accept the uniqueness of this community as well and let them have equal participation in aspects of society and feel equal. Just like anyone else, people from LGBTQ community also loves and appreciates support from society at large. The support is not just in terms of acceptance, but understanding the views and opinion and actions that help in making life better. One area that needs special support is work.

A survey conducted by a Human Rights …

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