The month of June is Pride Month, and it’s definitely time to celebrate the only way we know how… with sexy knowledge and outrageous style, of course!
Pride Month began with the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York, which lasted an astounding three whole days. Following in the 1970s, Pride days and weeks were started and great strides were made by pioneers of the movement, like San Francisco City Supervisor, Harvey Milk. By 1979, a march on Washington was held in support of the LGBT Rights movement, with over 75,000 participants. Through the 1980s and 90s, fierce debate continued over the constitutionality of emerging legislation, such as the much disputed “don’t ask don’t tell” policy of the US military. Then finally at the turn of the 21st century, marriage laws began to change, discrimination to dissipate, and a new era of equality was ushered in. On April 29th of this year, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first player in NBA history to openly announce his participation in an alternative lifestyle.
Pride month is about equality, achievement, and just plain awesomeness. Check out some of these fun ways to rock your pride throughout the month of June:
– Did you know that since the 1920s members of the LGBT community have won the Pulitzer Prize five times? Some of these prizes went to Tennessee Williams, Michael Cunningham, and Willa Cather.
– In 1994, singer songwriter Elton John won the Oscar for his contribution to The Lion King soundtrack with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
– You may not realize that some of your favorite television personalities are members of the LGBT community too. Amongst them: Rachel Maddow (who was also a Rhodes Scholar), Ted Allen, Matt Bomer, Anderson Cooper, and Sir Stephen Fry.