TOP PRIDE CELEBRATIONS
- Pride Parades and Festivals
Across the world, especially around June, parades, and festivals occur to celebrate the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, achievements, pride, and acceptance. All members from the community and supporters marched down the streets loud and proud, carrying all the colors, dancing to the music, and feeling the power of love. Millions of people join to watch these events, as the streets are shut down and going all out. An honorable mention is San Francisco Pride, which takes over the Civic Center of the city for a weekend to celebrate the community, also being where the first versions of the rainbow flag were shown on June 25th, 1978.
- World Pride
WorldPride takes the community internationally by hosting the event in a designated city every couple of years. Organized by InterPride, an international organization that produces pride events to honor the culture and community. The first celebration occurred in Rome in 2000, where around 250,000 people joined. World Pride Rome 2000 was followed by Jerusalem 2006, London 2012, Toronto 2014, Madrid 2017, NYC 2019, and Copenhagen- Malmo 2021; the latter being the first time where WorldPride will occur in two cities from two different countries.
- Drag Queen Shows
Flashes, glamour, and confidence can be found in drag shows. A powerful performance that embraces the beauty and uniqueness of its participants and welcomes the audience with charisma, acceptance and fun. While drag queens used to be mainly men dressed as females, the community has opened the door to transmen, non-binary people and many more from the LGBTQ+ community. Drag Queens can play with makeup and fashion as well as share their many talents with the audience, breaking all types of societal rules and boundaries.
- Gay Night Clubs
LGBTQ+ Miami residents take every opportunity to live loud, proud, and free all year, especially in places that allow them to wear basically whatever they want and feel fully comfortable with themselves. They often feel most comfortable in gay nightclubs, simply because they feel welcomed, not judged, within their community, and they will safe because of the amount of security at the nightclubs. Back in the day, members of the LGBTQ+ community were not able to express themselves at a club, which gay nightclubs allow them to be free to be who they want to be and dance like there is no tomorrow. You can ask any member of the LGBTQ+ community where they felt most safe, and they will tell at the gay night clubs, they dress how they like, present themselves are whom they classify with, and dancing like there is no tomorrow. These nightclubs are venues for many events as well they can enjoy without people around that could judge them.
|5. June – Pride Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that the members of
the group have had on history internationally. Imagine how long it taken for members of this community to receive all their rights; in many states, gay marriage was not allowed, and laws needed to pass to ensure that employers would not disqualify the person from being a potential employee just because they are a member of the LGBTQ community. Therefore, June is a very important month that shows the marks in history and the changes over time that have helped help gays, lesbians, transgenders, bisexuals, and queers have a voice.
- October 20th – Spirit Day
While purple is associated with royalty sometimes, it also represents a stand against bullying and support to the LGBTQ+ youth. Spirit Day occurs in National Bullying Prevention Month, which honors LGBTQ+ victims of suicide. A fun fact, purple represents “spirit” in the flag.
- May 17th International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Phobias against the orientations of individuals have made it hard for them to live a normal life. This day was created internationally to raise awareness, open minds, and be proud to be part of the community, erasing all these phobias and understanding each other more regardless of the orientation of each.
- May 24th – Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility
Love comes in all types of forms and shapes, and most importantly from the soul, regardless of gender, one can fully love a human being just from their essence. May 24th was chosen to be Pan visibility day to raise awareness and let individuals know they are not alone, and their feelings are valid.
- September 23rd (Day and Week)- Celebrate Bisexuality
Why celebrate one day when one can celebrate a whole week; September 23rd celebrates bisexuality and its history. Sometimes being judged by straight and LGBT as well, this day is the perfect time for the bisexual community to be prouder than ever about who they are.
- March 31st, International Transgender Day of Visibility
March 31st is a special day for the transgender community, in which awareness is raised against the discrimination transgender received worldwide. It is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, applaud how far they have come, and educate society about the transgender community
Despite all these memorable mentions, every day you should celebrate who you are. We might think our gender, sexual orientation, and other terms define us, but we are more than just a word; our individual journey has meaning and value. We have to be bold, be true, and be proud unapologetic.