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.
1Show Off Your Busy Schedule
2Remind Everyone That *Love* Is Great
3Offer A Simple But Significant Message
4Stand In Solidarity
5Show What You Won't Put Up With
6Show That We Are All Humans
7Remind Everyone There's No Room For Homophobia
8Show That We're In This Together
9Live Outside The Box
10Give 'Em Food For Thought
11Say It With A Pun
12Stand Without Fear
13Give Them A Rainbow Of Love
14Focus On The Real Problems
15Make A Valid Point
16Stand Up, Fight Back
17Bring Bey Into It
I'll leave y'all with this sign from a gay marriage protest. pic.twitter.com/WitCSQuT6o— Kallie Leach (@Kallie_Leach) March 28, 2013
Your rights and protection matter, and this month is all about standing up and reminding the world of that. Be proud, be bold, and love yourself and whoever else you so desire. Happy Pride.