Pride is an annual event that takes place in many locations across the world. It celebrates the LGBT community, which encapsulates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Its an event that often involves parades, marches, festivals and gigs and highlights the major issues which are still present in the LGBT community such as same sex marriage. It often takes places around June, the same time as the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which is considered one of the biggest social movements in the LGBT community. The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar located in New York City and was frequented by many in the LGBT community. In June 1969, police raids took place at the Stonewall Inn which caused a number of demonstrations by those who were gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. These demonstrations heavily contributed to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBT rights in the United States. The very first Pride event was a march which took place in Chicago in June 1970. A second march took place in Los Angeles and New York City the very next day. From this, more and more marches and events began happening in locations across America. Pride events now take place in major cities across the world with more and more towns and smaller locations also taking on the event to help celebrate the LGBT community.
The official symbol of Pride is a rainbow flag and has now become the most recognised symbol for the LGBT community. It was first designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978 who was a gay rights activist and it immediately become the symbol for Pride events. The rainbow flag is seen everywhere during the month of June, when most 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 LGBT 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.
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? The Nomination Classic Rainbow Heart Charm features a golden heart and a rainbow, encompassing both love and Pride in one adorable charm. We also bring you the Trollbeads Celebrate Life Glass Bead which offers a colourful rainbow design, allowing you to showcase your support of the LGBT community.