13 things you didn’t know about Pride

Pride comes around every year as a time of reunion and support for a whole community. It’s literally a global event that happens in a lot of different countries. Here’s somethings you may not have known about Pride till now.

1. It started as a riot

Pride all began as a riot known as the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Originally in New York City, this kicked into play the month we know as pride. In 1970, they commemorated the riots the same time of year by having a march in it’s honour. This continued for the years and spread globally now known as the Pride that we all know and love today.

2. The Pentagon celebrates Pride

That’s right one of the most secure places in the US takes time aside to celebrate the month of Pride. Their first Pride event was held in 2012.

3. The largest Pride event was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo Pride parade 2006

With over 3.5 million attendees, the Pride parade in Sao Paulo in 2011 holds the largest Pride event to date. The title is yet to be taken but New York follows up with 2 million while San Francisco has 1.7 million.

4. Each of the colours of the original Pride flag represented something

The original pride flag as designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978

Original there was 8 colours on the Pride flag. From bottom to top. Hot pink stood for sexuality. Red for life. Orange for healing. Yellow for sunlight. Green for nature. Turquoise for magic and art. Indigo for serenity and harmony. Violet for spirit. Pink and violet were eventually dropped from the 6 colour flag that is much more recognised today. But the origin should be remembered always.

5. Pride wasn’t always called Pride

Originally Pride was actually referred to as “Gay Liberation” or ‘Gay Freedom”. Then through the 80s Pride became a more popular term for the month of celebration.

6. Before the Pride flag

Prior to the Pride flag being introduced in 1978, the Greek Lambda symbol was used as a gay rights symbol. It was considered the sign of gay activist alliance.

7. There’s a Dyke March

Beginning in June 1993 in Washington D.C, a march dedicated for all women part of the LGBTQ+ community started. It still happens every year in several different locations including New York.

8. The Pride flag was once the world’s largest flag

In 1994 creator of the pride flag, Gilbert Baker made a mile long Pride flag in honour of the 25 years since the Stonewall riots. The flag held the title of the biggest flag in the world at the time.

9. Europride

Every year there is a specially planned Pride event by held in a different city in a different European country each year. Last year in 2019 it was held in Vienna, Austria. Sadly it has been postponed for 2020 but was due to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece.

10. South African Pride

South Africa is the only country in the continent of Africa that has a publicly recognised Pride march. Though the South African Pride flag isn’t recognised as an official flag, it is produced and used at the marches. This movement is huge with some countries in Africa still making homosexuality illegal.

11. Some Pride events go beyond June

Pride month may be seen as June, but marches and events can continue way into July and August. Often done so there’s less clashes between events meaning people are able to attend more than one if they want to. The three months of Summer are perfect to take the opportunities to go and enjoy Pride even beyond that one month.

12. First openly gay politician

Harvey Milk served time in the military for WW2 and in 1972 went on to become the first openly gay official elected of California. To date is the first known openly gay politician that was elected.

13. The longest Pride event

Held in Sydney, Australia, the event lasts 3-4 weeks. It’s also held oddly at the end of February and lines up perfectly to lead up to Mardi Gras meaning it leads directly into another fun celebration.

By Jasmin