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Business News/ News / Why is June celebrated as Pride month? Here's a look at the history

Why is June celebrated as Pride month? Here's a look at the history

June is celebrated as Pride Month to honor the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Bill Clinton recognized it in 1999 and 2000, and Barack Obama designated Stonewall Inn as a national monument in 2016. The riots sparked the modern American gay rights movement.

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Pride month

The month of June is celebrated as Pride Month. This month is celebrated as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots which was a series gay liberation protests in 1969. 28 June is marked as Pride Day every year.

Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in the year 1999 and 2000. Later in 2016, President Barack Obama designated the site of a watershed event in the history of US gay rights, the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, as a national monument, the first one to honor the contributions of gay Americans.

History of Pride month and how it started:

The history of the pride month date back in 1969 when the Stonewall Inn gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village was the scene of a police raid that triggered riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the American mainstream and guarantee their rights.

The events of late June and early July 1969 in New York helped start the modern American gay rights movement.

The Stonewall riots were a week of violent clashes on Christopher Street between patrons of the Stonewall Inn and police who had periodically raided the bar, arresting gays under morals laws of the era.

Countries that recognises Pride month

In 2015, The US Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 US states. In India, in 2014, transgender people were given official recognition as a "third gender" and later in 2017 Supreme Court recognised sexual orientation as protected under a fundamental right to privacy. In 2018, the landmark ruling struck down a colonial-era law and decriminalized homosexuality. In 2022, the top court ruled that unmarried partners or same-sex couples were entitled to welfare benefits. Cut to 2023, SC is hearing petitions seeking legal validation of same-sex marriages.

List of countries where same-sex marriages are legal: Costa Rica (2020), Northern Ireland (2019), Ecuador (2019), Taiwan (2019), Austria (2019), Australia (2017), Malta (2017), Germany (2017), Colombia (2016), United States (2015), Greenland (2015), Ireland (2015), Finland (2015), Luxembourg (2014), Scotland (2014), England and Wales (2013), Brazil (2013), France (2013), New Zealand (2013), Uruguay (2013), Denmark (2012), Argentina (2010), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Sweden (2009), Norway (2008), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), Belgium (2003), The Netherlands (2000).

Apart from the United States, countries like India, UK, Canada, Brazil, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand also mark the month of June as pride month.

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Updated: 01 Jun 2023, 11:56 AM IST
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