The month of June means two things, the official start of summer and the celebration of Pride Month around the world. Every June, people around the world come together to celebrate Pride and LGBTQ culture, commemorate the history and acknowledge the resilient community of people who continue to fight for LGBTQ rights around the world.
Nowadays, Pride is known as a monthlong series of rainbow-filled parties and vibrant parades. It’s a time for the LGBTQ community and allies to celebrate strides made in the fight for equality like the monumental win of Obergefell v. Hodges. It’s when businesses across the country switch their social media icons and store-front advertisements to gay pride flags and #LoveWins and #HappyPrideMonth posters. But underneath today’s cheerful Pride festivities and vibrant outfits is a history of people fighting for liberation against an all too oppressive system.
The Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City were the catalyst of events that led to the gay rights movement in the United States. On June 28, 1969, a discriminatory police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, turned violent when people fought back. The riots united LGTBQ activists across the spectrum, including revolutionary trans activist Marsha P Johnson bravely resisting the criminalizing laws of the U.S. at the time. From then on, June has been a month to commemorate and celebrate the strength of the LGBTQ community.
Pride is celebrated in many countries worldwide, and queer culture differs from country to country. Acceptance in countries differs with religion, and history. It’s no doubt that Pride Month is an exciting time for many people around the world, and we’re highlighting some of the biggest and brightest Pride parades in the United States and worldwide. Get ready for rainbows, colors and international celebrations of the freedom to be who you are.
5.) Madrid Orgullo
When it comes to where to celebrate Pride in Europe, Madrid Orgullo is known as the wildest celebration. During the month of Pride, the city explodes in colorful parties leading up to first weekend of July. The parade dates back to the start of the 1977 gay rights movement in Spain.
Madrid Pride is usually a weeklong series of festivities that start on a Wednesday in Chueca, the center of the LGBTQ collective, and go into the weekend leading up to the parade. Madrid Orgullo draws nearly 2 million parade-goers each year, making it one of the biggest prides in the world, not far behind San Francisco’s.