It's the beginning of June which means National Pride Month is just kicking off. This year, we will celebrate the 51st year of parades and events across the world and take this opportunity to be reminded about why Pride was, and always will be, so important to the LGBTQIA+ community. Here at Ultamodan, we believe in supporting individuality and self love everyday so we take a look at the importance of this month in which unity and equality is celebrated by millions.
After the first ever Pride march was held in New York City in 1970, a year after the tragic events of the Stonewall riots, the world was inspired and similar events can now be attended as far as Uganda and Iceland. The past year has undoubtedly been very different as after almost 2 million people were estimated to have taken part in the event in New York in 2019, the parade was called off for the first time in its 50 year history last summer. But after a difficult year, it is back and although it may not be the same as the pride you will be used to, it will return as a mixture of smaller in-person meet ups as well as virtual events to ensure the safety of the public. Organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure pride-goers can get together either online or in-person to celebrate once again.
This year, NYC Pride have announced that the theme will be: “The Fight Continues”. The theme feels appropriate for many reasons, as a number of difficult battles both within the city and the country as a whole continue, from the COVID pandemic to the question of why there is such an alarming murder rate for trans POC.
Speaking about the upcoming event, André Thomas, NYC Pride Co-Chair said: ”Within this acknowledgement of what we're fighting for and the challenges we face, we also must find the strength - together - to continue the fight. We’re fighting for ourselves, fighting for the BIPOC and trans members of our community, and fighting for future generations. By making this the 2021 theme for NYC Pride, we acknowledge all that we've accomplished and look towards what still needs to be done. NYC Pride events offer an opportunity to gather in community and highlight the diversity, resilience, and power of the LGBTQIA+ community, giving us the energy and spirit we need to continue the fight."
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Other cities have also adopted new ways of celebrating to ensure the community can get together this year. Los Angeles Pride on June 10th will be streaming a live concert through TikTok featuring the amazing Charlie XCX for free. The “Thrive With Pride Celebration” will also debut volunteer opportunities within non profits who support LGBTQ people.
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However you feel comfortable showing up to celebrate pride month, remember that this year has been difficult so there are many ways you can take part. If you are one of many people who feel it isn’t safe attending Pride in-person just yet, we are with you! Luckily, the organisers have made many events virtual so you can take part in the comfort of your own home. This is also a big bonus as it means this year you can go to loads more of the huge events across the world without splashing out for a plane or spending hours on a sweaty bus!
If you do plan on celebrating, we have collected a few great, colourful pieces which are perfect for any pride parties below which are perfect to dress up in the comfort of your own home or show off at in-person events!
Finally, remember that Pride is all about recognising the impact the LGBTQIA+ people have had in the world. If you have any friends in this community who have been struggling with all the extra pressures this last year has brought, reach out to them and let them know how valuable and incredible they are.
If you want to do some further reading on the subjects associated with Pride, we have compiled a list of five essential books to read this summer.
1- What it Feels Like for a Girl - Paris Lees
2- The Black Flamingo - Dean Atta
3- Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities- Jos Twist, Ben Vincent, Meg-John Barker and Kat Gupta
4- Detransition, Baby - Torrey Peters
5- The Tradition - Jericho Brown