In many parts of the world, June is recognised as Pride Month, and several of the biggest Gay Pride parades and other LGBT festivals around the world are rapidly approaching, with some already started. Pride events will take place throughout this month and the first week held some colourful demonstrations in Pune, Los Angeles, Rome, Detroit, Warsaw, Seoul and Boston, among others.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the public demonstration of LGBT rights that took place in New York City which is regarded as the start of the LGBT rights movement.
While the serious goal of promoting tolerance for people of all sexual orientations remains, the New York parade is now one of the biggest parties of the year in Manhattan: the authors of the Lonely Planet New York City Guide describe it as “a five-hour spectacle of dancers, drag queens, gay police officers, leathermen, lesbian soccer-moms, and representatives of just about every queer scene under the rainbow.”
The number of Gay Pride celebrations worldwide grows each year – some like New York and Paris are large and established, while others like Delhi and Shanghai are relatively new. For more information, check Wikipedia’s list of LGBT events to see what is happening throughout the year.
Contents of this article were first published on lonelyplanet.com.