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June is Gay Pride Parade Month

Posted on 19th June 2014
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When summer finally arrives in June we start thinking about the festival season, summer sports, and parades. And June has been adopted globally as being Gay Pride month which is also known as LGBT pride representing lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender.  The actual parade commemorates the riots, in the US, of June ’69 which are seen by most as being the turning point for the gay community and the start of the fight for equal rights with the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement. The spark of the riots was the frequent police raids on the Stonewall Inn which was a favourite haunt of the gay and transgender community.
Rainbow Pride 5ft x 3ft Flag an affordable symbol of unityLooking for a more peaceful way to spread the word, the first Gay Pride Parades took place in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles and have spread since then to most cities and some larger towns around the world.  Seen as a celebration of the liberalisation of attitudes in most countries, these parades are also a reminder to the rest of the world that there is still work to be done and changes to be made.
The common symbol of Gay Pride is the rainbow flag and rainbow colours in general. The flag was created by the artist Gilbert Baker back in 1978 and since then, not only has it been officially recognised by the International Congress of Flag Makers, but it and it’s colourful design has been adopted through the public domain, on gay pride fancy dress costumes, hats, braces and a host of other Gay Pride costume accessories.
In the UK there are a number of parades with the largest being held in London, Brighton, Liverpool and Manchester and these events have an “open to Rainbow coloured feather wings are popular at parades with both sexes!all” Mardi-Gras feel to them with colourful floats, street dancers and performers along with the procession of supporters and drag queens most of whom will be dressed either in the Rainbow colours or they’ll be sporting a version of the Gay Pride flag somewhere! And as you would expect, these big parades are now serviced by lots of refreshment stands, stalls selling all manner of merchandise as well as plenty of entertainment alongside the actual parade.
Most parades are organised to take place towards the end of June and through July and even into August so that people can attend most of them if they choose. So grab your rainbow coloured accessories and your Gay Pride costumes and join in with the fun all the time remembering that you’re actually sending out a serious message.
Did you know that in the original flag design, each of the colours had its own meaning?  Well, the original flag had eight stripes which were, from top to bottom; pink (sexuality), red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), turquoise (magic), indigo/blue (serenity), and violet (spirit). Within a short time, the flag had changed losing the pink and violet stripes leaving an even number. The flag does however continually change the most notable version being that with the addition of a black stripe, symbolising all those lost to AIDS. 
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