It’s LGBTQ+ Pride month, and as you already know, many countries around the world will embrace the celebration with all the different colors that represent diversity and experiences of people of all genders and sexual orientations. June is the month where we think about and celebrate everything LGBT-related, although this is something that we should actually be doing year round. So, before we get to the calendar of where and when the many marches and events are taking place this year, let’s talk a little about what these events represent for the community.
2019 Pride Niagara Week – Canada (June 1-8)
2019 New Orleans Pride – United States (June 7-9)
Guadalajara Pride – Mexico (June 1)
Vienna Pride – Austria (June 1 – 16)
Brooklyn Pride – United States (June 8)
In June 1969, a group of LGBT people in New York City started a riot after the police raided a local gay bar. These riots and gatherings where a turning point in the history of the community not only because it exposed the terrible discrimination against it, but also as a way of taking this horror and turning into a spotlight to start one of the most important conversations in modern history.
Rio de Janeiro Gay Pride – Brazil (June 23)
LA Pride – United States (May 31- June 9)
Tel Aviv Pride – Israel (June 14)
Shanghai Pride – China (June 13-16)
Rome Pride – Italy (June 8)
Now, what does this represent today? It’s a moment where we can celebrate not only our identity but our whole existence, that there’s a diversity and that it doesn’t mean that anyone should be less than the other for that matter. That means that these marches are aiming to give everybody the voice and spotlight they need and deserve. It’s also a moment to see and be part of a movement fighting for everybody’s right to be who they are without being discriminated nor excluded. But also, and perhaps more importantly, a reminder that there’s still a lot to do even within the community.
Ibiza Gay Pride – Spain (June 12-15)
Zurich Pride Festival – Switzerland (June 1-16)
Chicago Pride – United States (June 30)
Dublin LGBTQ Pride – Ireland (June 20-30)
Pride Barcelona – Spain (June 28-29)
For decades (and it’s highly understandable as things have to evolve), the movement focused only on specific gender identities and realities. Today it’s important to make of this an intersectional movement, meaning that it has to include and represent every single gender identity and preference, taking into account the different backgrounds and realities that range from race, nationality, class, religion, and so on.
Thessaloniki Pride – Greece (June 18-22)
NYC Pride – United States (June 30)
Oslo Pride – Norway (June 14-23)
Mexico City Gay Pride – Mexico (June 27 – 30)
Marche des Fiertés – France (June 29)
Having said that, if you want to be part of this celebration and fight for LGBT+ rights, just look for all the activities that will take place during this year’s celebration in your city. Remember that these are only a few examples, but many other cities around the world will join this global movement in June. If you need more information, take a look at The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s website to find more venues and dates.
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