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    Pride Month: Everything to know ahead of colourful LGBTQI+ celebrations

    June marks the annual Pride Month celebrations across the globe. The LGBTQI+ community will be celebrating in full force with colourful celebrations planned and heartfelt tributes to queer people who have lost their lives over the years due to violent attacks.

    Here is everything you need to know about Pride Month. 

    ALSO READ: History! LGBTQI+ organisation raises Pride flag on Robben Island [photos]

    WHY IS PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATED IN JUNE?

    According to Britannica, Pride Month is celebrated in June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York which ignited the fight for LGBTQI+ rights in the United States. 

    On 28 June 1969, police raided a “popular gathering place” for the LGBTQI+ community where the employees were arrested for selling liquor illegally. Many began fighting back and soon there were approximately 400 people rioting against the police. 

    In June 1999, former president of the United States Bill Clinton officially declared June “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month”. 

     Now, Pride Month is celebrated annually in countries like Brazil, Spain and Turkey. Although Mzansi also celebrates Pride Month in June, South African Pride Month is in October. 

    THE WORLD GEARS UP FOR PRIDE MONTH 

    Taking to Twitter, tweeps have expressed their excitement about Pride Month. One tweep shared the importance of also celebrating lesbians in the next month. 

    “Please don’t invalidate lesbians who have struggled. Please don’t group us with gay men. Please just respect us…” added the tweep. 

    “Pride Month is coming up so just a reminder that it’s okay to not have everything figured out yet, sexuality and identity is complicated and constantly changing,” wrote another tweep. 

    ALSO READ: ‘She’s earned it’: Laverne Cox stuns as world’s first transgender Barbie doll

    HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE 

    1. PRIDE CELEBRATIONS 

    There will be Pride celebrations across the globe, but it’s also a great idea to plan your own! Get some friends together and educate each other about the LGBTQI+ community. 

    2. DONATE TO THOSE IN NEED

    South Africa has several LGBTQI+ organisations that are fighting for queer rights every day. Some of these organisations include OUT, one of the longest-running LGBTQI+ non-profit organisations in the country. 

    3. ENGAGE WITH LGBTQI+ CONTENT

    Netflix and Showmax both offer a wide range of LGBTQI+ content to consume for more education about the queer community. One of the most popular on Netflix right now is Heartstopper created by Alice Oseman. 

    The eight-part series follows two schoolboys who are wondering if their relationship is a little more than just “friends”. 

    WATCH THE TRAILER HERE 

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