Pride is an amazing celebration of the LGBTQ community. While you've definitely heard of Pride, you might not be aware of its origins. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Pride started in New York in the year 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots. Pride was created as a way to speak out about the LGBTQ community's need for rights and protection. It spread across the country in the form of parades and demonstrations. Since 1991, Pride has also been viewed as a celebration of queer life and sexuality.
While gay marriage has since become legal in America, this year's Pride celebration is especially important given the current political climate. With a Vice President who supported defunding HIV treatment centers to move funds to "institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior" and, as Governor of Indiana, signed a "religious freedom" bill which allowed private businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, plus a President has yet to even acknowledge Pride month, it's crucial we continue to show our support for equality.
Whether you're a member of the LGBTQ community or not, its important for all of us to stand together to ensure we all have equal rights. March side by side and remind the world that we aren't going backwards. Read on for last-minute Pride sign ideas to bring to the parade.