June is LGBTQI+ Pride Month, as Pride Day is celebrated on the 28th, a day when gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other LGBTQ+ groups commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City: an important civil demonstration of sexual minorities . asking for their rights.

For this reason, an international party will be held on the last Wednesday of June, which will be replicated in many capitals of the Western world, while in other countries it is still illegal to have an orientation other than heterosexual. On this day, he seeks to defend basic human dignity and reject the discrimination that people of this community have suffered and still suffer from.

Pride Day demonstrations are filled with symbols such as rainbow flags, which represent coexistence in diversity, and pink triangles, among others. In addition, they serve as a space for political claims to motorize the demands of a sector that has achieved various achievements in our country, such as the legalization of equal marriage, gender identity law and transgender quota, among other policy decisions of recent decades. which arose as requests from the LGBTQI+ community.

Why is June 28 Pride Day?

The decision to march for recognition, acceptance and collective improvement on June 28 echoes the date of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York. It all started at dawn that day when police raided this Greenwich Village gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and other community gathering place.

The arrival of people in uniform became the impetus for the uprising of the barniks, who were fed up with the system, which approved the persecution and oppression of people from the community. Bottles and other objects flew from inside the venue, and various leaders of the group called for a meeting at the venue the following night. They did so until July 3, the days of demonstrations that spawned movements like the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance.

A year later, the first gay parade took place, a demonstration that is still repeated every June 28.

Four years after Stonewall, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. But the claims continue in the country that sparked the march: Last year, the U.S. Congress approved a law that recognized same-sex unions at the federal level, fearing that the country’s Supreme Court could overturn the law, which was based on a court decision rather than existing law.

But the fight continues in the 62 member states of the United Nations (UN), which now criminalize homosexuality. For example, while the Americas is a leader in embracing diversity, the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines still have laws that make life difficult for those with a minority sexual orientation.