Happy Pride 2021: The History & Rainbow Jewellery

Pride is an annual event that takes place in numerous locations across the world. It celebrates the LGBT+ community and provides a platform to continue fighting for equality and challenge prejudice. This month-long event often involves parades, marches, festivals and gigs which all work to highlight the major issues which are still present in the LGBT+ community.

In today’s post, we’re going to delve deeper into the history of Pride month, as well as give you some of our top rainbow jewellery picks that are must accessories for your Pride 2021 plans.

Why June?

This month is chosen to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which are often cited as one of the biggest social movements in the history of the LGBT+ community. 

The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar located in New York City and was frequented by many members of the LGBT+ community. In the early hours of June 28th, 1969, police raids took place at the Stonewall Inn which resulted in a number of demonstrations from the LGBT+ community. It is said that these demonstrations heavily contributed to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBT+ rights in the United States. 

Stonewall Inn 10 pride weekend 2016

In June 1970, the very first Pride event took place in Chicago which was in the form of a march. Subsequent marches took place in Los Angeles and New York City the very next day. Following on from this, more and more marches and events began happening in locations across the United States. Today, Pride events take place in numerous major cities across the world, with more and more towns and smaller locales also taking part in the event to help celebrate and raise awareness of the LGBT+ community.

The Pride Rainbow

The official emblem of Pride is the rainbow flag, which today is widely recognised as the symbol for the LGBT community. It was first designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a gay rights activist, and it quickly became a widely-used symbol across Pride events. The rainbow flag is seen everywhere during the month of June when the majority of Pride events take place.

The flag features six different colours, each with its own meaning:  

Red – Life

Orange – Healing

Yellow – Sunlight

Green – Nature

Blue – Peace

Violet – Spirit

Rainbows are now one of the most used symbols to highlight the LGBTQ community and Pride events across the world. Not only can they be seen on flags, but you can often find many significant buildings illuminated in the colours of the rainbow too during this time, not to mention an abundance of rainbow jewellery UK.

Pride 2021

As lockdown rules begin to lift following the recent outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can expect to see some events still planning to take place for Pride 2021 but have decided to push the dates for later on in the year. This is including Birmingham Pride, Chesterfield Pride & Manchester Pride in which Ariana Grande headlined in 2019.

However, many organisers have found ways to innovate and campaign digitally while restrictions are still present. Pride in London remains committed to their You! Me! Us! We! campaign and will be encouraging people to take digital actions to demonstrate allyship, as well as presenting a series of virtual events in June. If you’d like to get involved, you can find out more on their website!

Rainbow Jewellery to Celebrate Pride

If you want to show your allegiance to the LGBT community and celebrate Pride, why not add one of these colourful rainbow style charms to your charm bracelet? For example the Nomination Classic Rainbow Heart Charm features a golden heart and a rainbow, encompassing both love and Pride in one beautiful charm!

Nomination Classic Rose Gold & Rainbow CZ Knot Charm
Nomination Classic Rainbow Heart Charm
Nomination Classic Gold & Enamel Rainbow Charm
Classic Silver & Multicoloured CZ Rainbow Charm

Pride Jewellery Sets

Haven’t got a Nomination bracelet? Don’t fear, below is some of our best-selling rainbow jewellery pieces from some of the UK’s leading brands:

How will you be celebrating Pride 2021? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime, make sure you’re rainbow moonstone jewellery-ready with these stunning pieces that’ll instantly add a pop of colour to your Pride outfit.

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