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What is Pride?

GAY PRIDE | MENRIS.CO.UKPride, gay pride or LGBT+ pride means different things to different people. For some, it's a celebration and a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. For others, gay pride is about self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increased visibility and a celebration of sexual diversity and gender variance. The short answer is that Pride is what you want to make it!

Gay pride | Wikipedia
Pride parade | Wikipedia (US)

50 years of Pride marches in the UK | BBC Newsround | 2 Jul 2022 | 2m 9s
Party and protest: the radical history of gay liberation, Stonewall and Pride | The Guardian (Podcast) | 2020

The birth of the gay rights movement in the US

"The history of the gay rights movement in the USA is usually dated to 1969, when the patrons of a New York City bar fought back against a discriminatory police raid. At the time, homosexuality — or "sodomy," as it was referred to in the legal books — 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 patrons 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 status quo for LGBT individuals. If you ever wondered why Pride month takes place in June, now you know that it's not just because of the generally pleasant weather. It's historically relevant, too!"

#PRIDE50 | NBC News | USA
The origins of Pride month | Bustle | 22 Jun 2016
How the Stonewall riots sparked a movement | History Channel | 1 Jun 2018 | 3m 54s
A conversation about Boston LGBTQ life after the Stonewall uprising | Radio Open Source | 30 May 2019 | 50m 14s

Pride in the UK, in the beginning

"Pride has been organised by several organisations since the first official UK Gay Pride Rally which was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) with approximately 2,000 participants.

The first marches took place in November 1970 with 150 men walking through Highbury Fields in North London. The controversy of Section 28 from 1988 led to numbers increasing on the march in protest. In 1983 the march was renamed "Lesbian and Gay Pride" and in the 1990s became more of a carnival event, with large park gatherings and a fair after the marches. In 1996, following a vote by the members of the Pride Trust, the event was renamed "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride" and became the largest free music festival in Europe."

London Pride parade: History of gay rights in the UK | BBC Newsbeat
Pride in London | Wikipedia

Gay Pride 1979: Inside Story | BBC | 7 Jan 2016 | 48m 34s

Pride in the UK, today

"Pride in London (formally known as Pride London) celebrates the diversity of the LGBT (lesbian, gays, bisexual, trans+) community with the colourful Pride in London Parade, as well as the free festivity events that take place in the Trafalgar Square. This event brings together thousands of people of all genders, ethnicities, sexualities, and also many people of different races. It is one of the longest-running in the country and attracts an estimated one million visitors to the city. The festival's events and location within London vary every year however the Pride parade is the only annual event to close London's iconic Oxford Street. London's 2015 Gay Pride Parade through the streets of London attracted 1 million people making it the 7th largest gay event in the world and the largest Gay Pride Parade and Gay event ever held in the UK."

Pride in London | Pride in London (Organisation)

Gay prides UK and international gay pride dates

List of UK LGBT events | Wikipedia
List of UK LGBT events internationally | Wikipedia
Gay prides UK and international gay pride dates | Pink UK
Global Pride 2020

News and articles

Just Stop Oil blocks Pride in London parade | Pink News | Jul 1 2023
Military celebrate diversity at UK Pride | The Army | 1 Jul 2023
‘More protest than carnival’: politics looms larger than usual at London Pride | The Guardian | 1 Jul 2023
London Pride 2023: When and where is the LGBT+ celebration happening? | Evening Standard | 30 Jun 2023

Pride in London events awarded £625,000 by City Hall | BBC News | 18 Oct 2022
Pride in London should return to radical roots, says Peter Tatchell | The Guardian | 2 Jul 2022
Pride in London: more than a million expected to gather in the capital | The Guardian | 2 Jul 2022
Pride at 50: The LGBT revolution sparked in a basement | BBC News | 1 Jul 2022
Pride at 50: Rare photos of early marches | BBC News 1 Jul 2022
We danced naked in Hyde Park - and then changed the world’: the inside story of UK Pride, 50 years on | The Guardian | 25 Jun 2022
We were marching with ghosts’: three writers on the Pride they’ll never forget | The Guardian | 30 Jun 2022
UK Black Pride event returns to London | BBC News | 14 Aug 2022
UK Black Pride 2022 makes history as “largest Black Pride in the world” | Gay Times | No Date

2021 and earlier

This is the future queer liberation protesters are fighting for | BuzzFeed | US | 1 Jul 2021
‘We kept getting people saying: excuse me, you don’t look gay’ – how Black people fought for a space at Pride | The Guardian | 30 Jun 2021
 The events of the last few days: our full statement | UK Black Pride | 19 Mar 2021

Pride 2020: Eight powerful new works from the LGBTQ+ community | BBC 22 Jun 2020
Out and about with Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in London, September 1971 | Notches | Bob Cant | 23 Apr 2020
The best online LGBT exhibitions for pride month | The Guardian | 10 Jun 2020
Counter protester embedded inside Operation Pridefall reveals truth behind terrifying cyber attack aimed at LGBT+ community | Pink News | 3 Jun 2020

Hundreds have say on future of Pride in London after 'pinkwashing' row | The Guardian | 6 Nov 2019
Pride in London has received more than 1,200 submissions to its community consultation on the future of the event after criticism that it has become too corporate.
If London needs a separate Trans Pride, what does that say about LGBT solidarity? | The Guardian | 15 May 2019

London Pride march being 'degayed' by corporate sponsors, says veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell | Independent | 7 Jul 2018
Like many gay Muslim people, I have no faith in Pride | The Guardian | 19 Jun 2018
Why is Pride still important in 2018? | TLDR News | 7 Aug 2017 | 3m 14s
Pride in London: Why businesses are backing Pride | BBC | 8 Jul 2017
The rise of pride marketing and the curse of ‘pink washing’ | The Conversation | 26 Aug 2014

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Pride promos from the Gay Men's Health Collective

Pride 2023 | Gay Men's Health Collective | 30s
Pride 2022 | Gay Men's Health Collective | 30s
Pride 2021 | Gay Men's Health Collective | 28s
Pride 2019 | Gay Men's Health Collective | 53s

Pride (2014), the film

Pride: Real Life Inspiration | CBS Films | 24 Sep 2014 | 4m 8s 

Pride, the film, is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.

Pride, 2014 | Wikipedia
When miners and gay activists united: the real story of the film Pride | The Guardian | 31 Aug 2014

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