Everything You Need to Know About Pride

Why do people celebrate Pride?

Pride is a chance for LGBTQI+ people to show they are proud of who they are – because in lots of countries it used to be illegal to be LGBTQI+, and in some countries it still is. So by going to Pride events the community gets to celebrate that they can be who they are, and love who they love, without fear that they will be punished for doing so. 

Pride is also a chance for the LGBTQI+ community to take part in protests and marches to ask for equality. As well as this it is a way to honour the LGBTQI+ people who have been murdered, or have taken their own lives, because of who they are.

Why is Pride month in June?

Pride month takes place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969. The Stonewall Riots began when police raided a gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. The events that took place that day then led to more protests to demand better treatment and rights for LGBTQI+ people. The Stonewall Riots were the beginning of a movement over many decades that has lead to lots of LGBT people across the world being able to live openly and not hide who they are.

What Pride events take place in Scotland?

There are lots of different Pride events that take place! These include events exclusively for and by transgender people, free Pride events that don’t charge any money to attend, as well as the bigger events that can include musical acts, food stalls and bars, and places to shop.

If you’re looking for other LGBTQI+ young people, you can see what local youth groups are near you.

LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland’s national charity for LGBTQI+ young people aged 13-25. Find out more about the work they do here.

Head back to the LGBTQI+ campaign page.

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