August is Pride month in Brighton, UK, so here's the tea on this international celebration of acceptance, liberation, legal rights and achievements of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and non-binary community.
1. Pride parades are held in different months around the world, for instance April in Tokyo, May in Moscow, June in USA, August in Brighton, UK, and September in London, UK.
2. Pride started in 1970 as a ceremony to remember the Stonewall riots, which happened between gay-rights activists and police at gay bar The Stonewall Inn in NYC, in June 1969. On the anniversary of the riots, the LGBTQ+ community came together in what is most likely the first Pride parade and march.
3. Each colour in the rainbow Pride flag represents something - red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic & art and purple for harmony & serenity. There are now more flags proudly displayed at parades, such as the transgender flag which is light blue, light pink and white. Creator of the transgender flag, Monica Helms, came up with the palette idea as blue tends to represent boys, pink to represent girls and white to show the transition from one to the other.
4. Sao Paulo, Brazil, boasts the largest Gay Pride event in the world, getting into the Guinness Book of World Records with 2.5 million people at their 2006 celebration - no nation has yet beat them!
5. LGBTQ+ activism dates back a lot further than 1970. In 1924, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago which was the first group in the USA to campaign for gay rights.
6. Until the 1980s / 1990s, Pride parades were often called Gay Liberation Marches or Gay Freedom Marches, back when events were more militant.
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Photos below - taken by me at Pride Brighton.