Why we have Pride and why it is still so important!

The history of Pride and why, even in 2022, we still need to remember its importance.

2022 marks 50 years since the first Pride protest in the UK.

First, for those who are unaware, it’s worth remembering exactly what Pride is.
Pride started as a protest against how LGBTQ+ people were being treated. It was about standing up and saying that we are not going to accept that anymore.

Now it’s a celebration of the work of LGBTQ+ people, it’s about acceptance and equality and raising awareness of issues still affecting our community.

That very first official event was a Gay Pride rally in London on 1 July 1972. This date was chosen because it was the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (28 June 1969). 2000 people participated that day. 

The first march, however, was 18 months earlier in November 1970 when 150 gay men walked through Highbury fields in North London. 

Other areas of the UK began to follow suit with Brighton holding their first Pride in 1973 

The march became a regular event in London but in 1981 the march moved from London to Huddersfield. The Yorkshire gay community were being harassed by the police, who were raiding the Gemini Club (a leading nightclub at the time).

In 1983 the march became known as the “Lesbian and Gay Pride” 

The introduction of Section 28 in 1988 brought more people to the streets protesting against the government’s plans.

You may be surprised to know that it was 1991 before Northern Ireland held its first Pride event.

Now there are events in every major city up and down the country. 

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  1. Truly inspired post @lynds1980, and what an excellent milestone and moment of solidarity, solemn thought and hope. I can only imagine how terrified yet brave and intentional, those who stood up in 1972 (even in 1991) felt, especially looking at where things are today (of course in a more mindful and hopeful place but with still so much stigma and marginalisation for some cohorts under the LGBTQ+ umbrella). πŸ₯Ί

    Here’s to hoping, trusting, Conscious inclusion and Active Allyship, so that pride becomes an everyday part of life and not just a yearly opportunity for recognition. πŸ€žπŸΎπŸ•ŠοΈπŸ™πŸ½πŸ€—πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

    Thank you for being a role model, voice and leader within the OU Pride community and leading from the front for change and awareness.

    Love your spirit, and happy to stand PROUDLY with you all!!

    Regards Patrice 🌺 ( V P E D I)