Pride month 2022: history and events


by Emily Thorpe |

Every year during the month of June, the LGBTQIA+ community across the world celebrates with events held to recognise the influence LGBT+ people have had around the globe as well as to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues being faced.

This is not to be confused with LGBTQIA+ History Month in February which is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

The history of Pride month

June was chosen for Pride month as this was when the instrumental Stonewall Riots took place, back in 1969 on June 28. The riots occurred following a raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The bar was considered a haven for the city’s LGBTQIA+ community and at the time, bars and restaurants could get shut down for having gay employees or serving gay customers.

While police raids on similar establishments were sadly very common, the Stonewall Inn raid sparked an uprising and the community decided to fight back, launching an era of resistance and revolution.

The first LGBTQIA+ Pride event in the USA, the Liberation Day March, was coordinated by Brenda Howard, who became known as the 'Mother of Pride.' This then developed into the annual celebrations in June.

50 years of Pride in the UK

The popular Pride in London parade will be held on Saturday 2 July 2022. This year is especially significant as it will be 50 years since the first Pride took place in the United Kingdom. It's a chance to "celebrate and look forward to the next 50 years" and "recognise the challenges still faced by our community nationally and globally."

Find out how to take part in the parade.

Local Pride events

Typical Pride events include parades, marches poetry readings, public speaking, educational sessions and more. And in fact, they actually go on way beyond June, with many lasting throughout the summer.

While London is certainly one of the most popular events in the UK, many locations such as Cornwall, Durham, Bristol and more all hold their own events.

Discover more about the events taking place near you.

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