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LGBT Pride Month

Background

 

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every June to commemorate the Stonewall riots that occured in 1969 in America. The Stonewall riots were a series of sponatenous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, Manhattan. This key event triggered the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the US and beyond (Stonewall).

  • "Some of the leading figures fighting for justice at Stonewall were Black transgender women" - (Refinery29).

LGBT Pride Month events draw millions of participants from around the world every year. Celebrations include parades, marches, parties, workshops and the like (ABC News). The rainbow flag is a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community and thus features prominently throughout LGBT Pride Month. Take a look at what each colour of the flag means here.

 

Modern-Day Icons

 

In February this year we partnered up with the LGBT+ Society to celebrate LGBT History Month. As part of our observation of the month-long commemoration, we took a look at modern-day icons. Here are some of the standout celebrities we selected and a little bit about their involvement in the LGBTQ+ liberation movement:

 

David Bowie

As well as being remembered for his musical talents, the legendary singer will also be remembered for redefining sexuality for an entire generation. When David Bowie stepped onto the stage as Ziggy Stardust in 1969, one of the world’s greatest gay icons was born and the rulebooks were forever rewritten...

Read more about how David Bowie became a gay icon here

 

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres didn’t grow up thinking that she’d be a pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ equal rights and visibility. But that’s exactly where she found herself in 1997 when she broke out of the professional closet she’d inhabited since becoming a stand-up comic... 

Read the full story (or listen to the podcast) of how Ellen DeGeneres made gay history here

 

Lady Gaga

Since founding the Born This Way Foundation in 2011, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, have helped thousands of LGBTQ children and teens. The BTWF has launched initiatives like #HackHarrassment, Channel Kindness, and #KindMonsters to help end bullying of LGBTQ youth... 

Read the full story of how Lady Gaga earned her title as a gay icon here

 

Lil Nas X

Since 2019 Lil Nas X has become a household name, as quickly as his viral genre-bending song “Old Town Road” made its way across platforms like TikTok, Twitter, and ultimately to the top of the Billboard charts. The song responsible for giving his car... 

Read more about how Lil Nas X has forever changed Hip Hop as a queer artist here

 

Miley Cyrus

Since her debut on the Disney Channel, pop superstar Miley Cyrus has become one of the boldest performers of her generation. Along with openly workshopping her public image, sound and appearance, Cyrus has been fearless in her advocacy for queer people everywhere as an out-and-proud member of the LGBTQ community... 

Read the full article of Miley showing love for the LGBTQ+ community here

 

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