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Celebrating uniqueness

Celebrating uniqueness

Pride Month was first observed in June to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, but it wasn’t until 1999 that the then President Bill Clinton declared June as Pride Month in the United States. Since then, it has evolved into a global celebration of LGBTIQA+ rights, diversity, acceptance, and equality. Aaradhana Shrestha from ApEx spoke to three people to find out how Pride Month can be used as a platform to educate people about LGBTIQA+ history and issues.

Akanksha Budha, 22

I believe Pride Month is often the only time when the larger public acknowledges the existence and struggles of the LGBTIQA+ community. Pride Month began as a movement of resistance and rebellion. Using this time to remind and educate people about the true origins and purpose of it is crucial. Hosting queer events and workshops focused on history and current issues is a great way to leverage Pride Month for education. However, to truly highlight the struggles and issues faced by the queer community, efforts must extend beyond Pride Month, integrating this awareness into everyday conversations and actions throughout the year.

Sid, 19

I believe people should start acknowledging Pride Month beyond its ‘celebrations’ and recognize it as a movement of liberation and justice. Its essence is often overshadowed by flashy marches, parades, and celebrations.

When the world is painted in rainbow colors throughout June, it’s also a crucial time to reflect on queer issues and answer why we still need a ‘month’ for ourselves. Whether queer or an ally, it’s crucial to acknowledge your privileges and support queer friends confronting heightened discrimination, such as hatred and cyberbullying, during this month.

It’s crucial to openly discuss our challenges as queer individuals online, leveraging our amplified voices. Let’s honor our brave ancestors and activists worldwide who fought for liberation, echoing Marsha P Johnson’s words: “No pride for some of us without the liberation of all of us.” Together, let’s support our queer friends on their journey to freedom and continue advocating for change beyond June.

Devika Rai, 20

I believe there shouldn’t be a specific month designated solely for educating people about LGBTIQA+ history and issues. In fact, these efforts can and should be ongoing regardless of the time of year. However, Pride Month provides a focused and well-known period to amplify these initiatives. We can organize educational events, sessions, pre-Pride hangouts, and share impactful stories through media campaigns like podcasts and insightful videos to reach a wider audience. Collaborating with organizations, schools, and businesses can create a powerful platform for learning and advocacy that extends beyond June, fostering a year-round commitment to understanding and supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and history.

There are many things we can do to educate people but what we truly need are individuals who are eager to learn. Only when we cultivate this eagerness can our efforts make a lasting impact. So, if you aren’t able to actively contribute or participate, the least you can do is educate yourself.


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