June is Pride Month - what does Pride mean to you?
2021-06-02 10:38 PDT
Each June, The LGBTQ2S+ community across the globe celebrates Pride month to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. The riots were a result by a raid that took place during the early morning at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The month of June was chosen because it is when the riots took place.
Pride month was started by Brenda Howard who coordinated the first LGBTQ2S+ Pride march and the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBTQ2S+ people have had around the world.
This year, Pride month celebration and events are being held online to observe social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, Pride month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the current state of LGBTQ2S+ human rights.
Pride Month is significant now more than ever because of the rise of anti-Transgender rights bills and the Anti-Asian hate rhetoric affecting the racially marginalized groups of the community. The pandemic had caused serious implications of the mental health and well- being of the LGBTQ2S+ community.
To celebrate Pride month, Richmond RCMP would like to raise awareness and honour the history by creating a video called,
What Does Pride Mean To You? The video shows members and staff at the detachment who were either part of the LGBTQ2S+ community or an effective ally express their personal views about what Pride means to them.
Cpl. Ian HendersonMedia Relations Officer
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC, V7A 4E8
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