Gay pride

Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals, a cable TV station, and the Pride Library.

The Stonewall Inn, site of the June 1969 Stonewall riots, the cradle of the modern LGBT rights movement,[1] and an icon of queer culture, is adorned with rainbow pride flags.[2][3][4]
Helsinki Pride at the Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland (2019)
Original gay pride flag with eight bars. First displayed at 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.[5][6][7]

Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country's LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and festivals.

Common symbols of pride are the rainbow or pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps.[8]


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