In a world full of stigma, stereotypes and oppression, addressing the disadvantages associated with identifying as LGBTQIA+ is imperative. First used in 1978 by a San Francisco artist, Gilbert Baker, the rainbow flag is a universal symbol of LGBTQIA+ pride. A joyous celebration of color and identity, the flag is representative of the need for affirmation and visibility. (GLBTQ Archive)
Artist: Denny Herbert
The first pride march took place in 1970. Today there is at least one pride festival annually in every continent around the world, with more than 900 events worldwide. The movement was first influenced by a protest against police brutality, which was based around the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in 1969. New York City is the busiest pride festival in the world, with around five million attendees annually. This is followed by San Paolo in Brazil, Madrid, Spain and San Francisco, USA. (T and F Online)
Despite Western countries moving towards acknowledging the importance of equal rights, oppression and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation continue to be embedded in our society. A recent study found that as many as one third of LGBTQIA+ identifying people felt the need to hide this status within their workplace for fear of discrimination and even termination. (eScholarship)
Question: How do you think pride is celebrated differently around the world?
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