This month, and every month, I stand with LGBT+ people across Wales and the UK.
Pride month is about teaching tolerance, education in pride history and continuing to move forward in equality. It’s about people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far gay rights have come, even if in some places there’s still some work to be done.
Pride month is so important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the wider societal implications. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way since the riots of 1969 and by continuing in this long standing tradition we continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐑𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐬?
The riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The LGBTQ+ community held a series of spontaneous demonstrations to protest against the raid and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and be open about their sexual orientation. In such places there should be no fears of being arrested. The riots served as a catalyst for the rights of LGBTQ+ people, and within 6 months, 2 gay activist groups had formed in New York. Over the years since the event, many LGBTQ+ rights organisations have been formed around the world to fight for rights and effect change!