June is recognised as Pride month across the pond in America and luckily for all of us, it’s making a huge impact over here in the UK with many big Pride events taking place this weekend in August! 

Just in case you haven’t noticed or haven’t searched for the #pride #lgbt or #gay hashtag on social media, here’s a little breakdown of what this is all about and why it’s still important in 2019.

The Pride celebrations create a safe environment for members of the LGBTQ plus community. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and the plus – this includes people or persons that identify as questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual, agender and non binary. While sometimes labels can be confusing and seem never ending, people within the community can find solace in identifying and being proud of there own so called label.

 

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The history of the gay rights movement in America started in June 1969, when the visitors at a New York City bar fought back against a discriminatory police raid. At the time, homosexuality was still a crime. Men could be arrested for wearing drag, and women faced the same punishment if they were found wearing less than three pieces of “feminine clothing.” The harassment continued for years, infuriating the gay community. On June 28, 1969, the police arrived at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. However, the 200 people inside didn’t just sit down and wait to be arrested – they resisted, then rioted, sending the police a loud and clear message about their frustration with the treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals.

It was against the law to be homosexual here in the UK until 1967, which really isn’t that long ago at all. Gay marriage was made legal in England and Wales in 2013, gay marriage is still not legal in Northern Ireland. Gay man have sanctions and restrictions placed upon them here in the UK when donating blood, a fact that is still quite shocking in 2019.

Homosexuality is illegal in 71 countries around the world. These places include Barbados, St Lucia, Ghana, Tunisia, Malaysia, Singapore. Closer to home, no countries in Europe have laws explicitly preventing homosexuality but Russia enacted an anti-‘gay propaganda’ law in 2013 prohibiting any positive mention of homosexuality in the presence of minors, including online. Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine have similar laws in place, or have proposed implementing them.

The first rainbow flag was made in 1978. It consists of six colours, to represent different themes, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony and purple for spirit. In recent years there has been a black and brown stripe added to the flag to highlight the racism within the LGBTQ plus community.

I’ve spoken to our Explorers and our friends on Instagram their thoughts and we’ve discussed the importance and meaning of pride to them.

 

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Eliana @duchess.doodle said:

Pride is incredibly important! 

LGBTQ+ equality! 

Love who you want and Be true to yourself! 

No one should feels ashamed of who they are or who they love and should never feel the need to hide it, people can be arrogant little 💩’s! Pride month is amazing because it brings people together to show that no matter who you are or who you love you are still human and should have the same rights as everyone else and that you are loved no matter what!

Alison @Tyrees_travels said:

Her dog Tyree is proud to celebrate Pride Month. He only judges people on whether they are good people (and ok, if they have biccies).

Celebrate Pride in your own way. Be loud and proud, be happy and feel loved. Fill your social media feeds with colour and rainbows. Follow the hashtags on Instagram and double tab everything that brings a smile to your face.

Founder @Dogfuriendly Adele said:

Our pooches are the ultimate embodiment of unconditional love. Dogs don’t care if you’re any colour of the rainbow. All they need is food, water, and love, and they will give you that love right back, no exceptions. We should all learn to be more dog!

Througout the week we’re painting the Instagram of the dog world all colours of the rainbow sharing a different colour everyday. Monday is Red, Tuesday is Orange, Wednesday is Yellow, Thursday is Green, Friday is Blue, Saturday is Indigo and Sunday is Violet! Share the photos with the #pawsofpride!

Can’t wait to see your photos! #pride #lgbt #pridemonth #loveislove #livewins 

 

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Celebrate Pride with us!

Get involved with our Paws For Pride Week by sharing a Red (Mon), Orange (Tues), Yellow (Weds), Green (Thurs), Blue (Fri), Indigo (Sat) and Viloet (Sun) photo throughout the week. Leave your comments of what pride means below.

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