πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Celebrating Pride Month – Part II πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Earlier, I posted a bit of the history of Pride Month in the U.S., and as I mentioned there, I took up all my space talking about the history of the month, and didn’t leave room for all the fun things.Β  So, in this post, I want to take a different direction, show some of the many ways the month is celebrated, people who have been prominent in bringing LGBTQ issues to the forefront, pictures, etc.

One of the things I found most fun takes place at the London Zoo.Β  You might remember a post I wrote in October 2018 about Sphen and Magic, two same-sex penguins in Sydney, Australia, who were given a baby penguin to raise.Β Β Β Well, the London Zoo has its own celebrity couple, Ronnie and Reggie.gay-penguinsTo celebrate the pair and similar animal couples, last year the zoo gave a “Pride makeover” to its Zoo Night event on July 5. In addition to regular Zoo Night festivities, the zoo taught about gender, mating and same-sex animal pairings.

Like Sphen and Magic, Ronnie and Reggie adopted an egg that was abandoned by another couple, sharing parenting duties of their chick Kyton until he fledged the nest. Though their baby is now grown, Ronnie and Reggie are still going strong and are often found snuggling in their nest box. The zoo is home to 93 penguins total, and Ronnie and Reggie are not the only same-sex couple. πŸ‘

How β€˜bout a beer?Β  The makers of Bud Light are very LGBTQ-friendly, and for two decades have partnered with GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).Β  Last year, they did something pretty cool to honour the LGBTQ community.Β  Take a look …Pride-month-bud-light.jpgBud Light sold the rainbow-colored aluminum bottles in bars nationwide from May 27 to June 30 and donated to GLAAD $1 from each case sold.Β  πŸ‘

Across the pond, Prince William visited AKT (The Albert Kennedy Trust), an LGBTQ youth and homeless charity, during Pride Month. When asked how he’d feel if his children came out as LGBTQ, the Duke of Cambridge said it would be “obviously absolutely fine by me” and that he’d “support whatever decision they make.” Β Β 

And, not to be outdone, his younger brother Harry, proud new papa, and his wife Meghan posted a collage of photos …Pride-month-Prince-Harry.jpg… and finished with β€œWe stand with you and support you 🌈 Because it’s very simple: love is love.β€πŸ‘

Pride-turbanThis is Jiwandeep Kohli, a Sikh man from San Diego.Β  Last June, he posted this picture on Twitter, and the response was overwhelming … it garnered nearly 152,000 likes, and was re-tweeted more than 21,000 times, including once by none other than President Obama!!!Β  πŸ‘

How about a few noteworthy wins for the LGBTQ community over the past year:Β  South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg was praised for celebrating his presidential run with his husband; Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage; GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index found a 5.4 percent uptick in characters identified as LGBTQ in films from major studios; Vice’s Broadly created a free, gender-inclusive stock photo library; the US elected its first lesbian Native American ex-MMA fighter to Congress; a GLAAD report found a “record high percentage of LGBTQ characters on broadcast TV;” and Queer Eye was renewed for not one but TWO more seasons. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

CNN did a nice piece highlighting six LGBTQ activists:Β  Billie Jean King, Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, Audre Lorde, Larry Kramer, and RuPaul Charles.Β  Of these, I had only heard of the first two, but the piece is well worth a read, for these six people have been key players in the fight for LGBTQ rights.Β  And on a personal note, if you have never seen the film Milk, starring Sean Penn, now is the time.Β  I am not a fan of Mr. Penn, but I saw this movie several years ago, and … I promise you will love Harvey Milk, and you will need a box of tissues.Β  At least check it out, and also the piece by CNN.Β  Β  πŸ‘

Pride Month is not only celebrated in the U.S., but β€˜round the world.Β  Here are a few of the international celebrations …Pride-month-Zurich.jpgZurich Pride Festival, Switzerland (June 14 -15): This Pride actually lasts two weeks, from June 1 to 16th, culminating in Switzerland’s largest city’s Pride Festival, a weekend of concerts, vendors, dance parties, and a parade. This year’s theme is Strength in Diversity.

Pride-month-Sao-Paolo.jpgSao Paulo Pride Parade, Brazil (June 23): The first Sao Paulo Pride Parade took place in 1997 when 2,000 LGBTQ activists gathered to celebrate their culture and protest against discrimination. The event has since become the largest Pride Parade in the world, with 5 million attendants in 2017.

Pride-month-Cologne.jpgCologne Pride Parade, Germany: Every year on the first weekend of July, Cologne holds a Christopher Street Day celebration, named for the New York neighborhood where the Pride movement began. The weekend features a street festival, political events, AIDS gala, and stage performances, culminating in a parade with over a million attendees and participants.

Pride-month-San-Francisco.jpgOutFest, Los Angeles: Every July, Los Angeles hosts one of the world’s largest LGBTQ film festivals, screening movies that share LGBTQ stories and highlight queer filmmakers. OutFest has recently placed the spotlight on underrepresented voices, featuring more directors that are women, trans, and people of color.

Pride-month-women-building.jpgThe Women’s Building in San Francisco has housed a variety of community organizations, including a food bank and a street youth group. It’s where a memorial service was held for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who was assassinated in 1978.

Pride-month-Amsterdam.jpgCanal Pride Festival, Amsterdam: Pride in the Dutch capital is as amazing as you’d expect from the home of the Red Light District and the first country to legalize gay marriage. Milkshake Festival, an outdoor dance festival dedicated to inclusivity and acceptance, kicks off the opening weekend of Canal Pride. As the week continues, there are street parties, a Drag Queen Olympics, and a unique Pride Parade that floats down the city’s canals.

There is much, much more I could write, but time and space are limited.Β  Sadly, in this, the 21st century, LBGTQ people, like women, Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims and others are seeing an uptick in discrimination, in the bigotry that has no logical explanation.Β  It’s been a long hard fight, progress was being made, and suddenly some element in our society decided that they are, somehow, superior.Β  They are not.Β  ‘Nuff said.

Sadly, due to the pandemic, most of the celebrations are on hold this year, but that doesn’t mean we should forget Pride Month.Β  I hope that next year I will have many new celebrations to write about.

To all my friends who are part of the LGBTQ community … HUGE hugs and much love to you all!!!

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17 thoughts on “πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Celebrating Pride Month – Part II πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

  1. Pingback: πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Celebrating Pride Month – Part II πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ β€” Filosofa’s Word – Latino FEEDBACK Film Festival

  2. Pride marches on. Anti-racism marches on. There is no reason for them to not march together, with women, people of colour, persons with disabilities, and anyone else who are hated for whatever reason.
    (Okay, not hated racists or Repuglycans, but everyone else, lol!)

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    • You are right, and they are! Several LGBT groups are standing in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and have for years. You are right … most all of us are discriminated against in one way or another by arrogant, self-serving bigots. Like you, I think most are republicans, but there are some democratic bigots as well … I’ve known a few.

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  3. Jill, great post. The Harvey “Milk ” movie is excellent. I am glad they highlighted Billie Jean King. She pushed forward woman and LGBTQ rights issues often before others were ready.

    I was watching again the movie “The Normal Heart” about the AIDs epidemic starring Mark Ruffalo. It is a tough movie to watch, as was “And the Band Played On” starring Matthew Modine.

    It has been an uphill journey and we still have a ways to go, but progress has been made. Keith

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    • Yes, I saw the movie several years ago with Chris and LOVED it! I should watch it again soon. Billie Jean King was, indeed, ahead of her time.

      I haven’t seen, nor heard of “The Normal Heart”, but I will check it out later today, as well as “And the Band Played On”.

      Progress has been made in LGBT rights, as well as in other areas of civil rights, but it seems to me that much of the progress we made over the last 50 years has been undone over the past three years. Sigh.

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      • Both of these movies will be frustating. For several years, the Reagan White House refused to even acknowledge AIDS as he thought it only affected gay men. Fortunately, Dr. C. Everett Koop, the surgeon general, was able to shame them into some action, but it was later than it should have been.

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  4. “It takes no compromise to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” – Harvey Milk. In 1977 Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. and he was assassinated less than a year later. Milk’s words were aimed at LGBT acceptance, but they include every person…no matter the color of their skin, their sexual orientation or their beliefs. There is a book that was published two years ago which is an excellent introduction for young children to the Pride Movement : “Pride : The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.” Thank-you!

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    • Did you see the movie about Harvey Milk? I hadn’t heard of him until watching that movie several years ago with my daughter, but it is a favourite of mine. I will check out the book … perhaps send it to some young children I know who would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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      • My children and I saw the late 2008 movie “Milk” with Sean Penn. Whilst not a fan of Sean Penn, he gave an outstanding performance. I have not seen either of the other two films that Keith mentions. However, I have read all three books written by journalist and author, Randy Shilts. Two of those may be of interest to you : 1) “The Mayor of Castro Street : The Life and Times of Harvey Milk” – Feb. 1982 and 2) “And the Band Played On : Politics, People and the Aids Epidemic – 1987. Shilts died from complications of AIDS in Feb. of 1994, having been tested for HIV during the writing of the second book, but waited to learn that he was HIV positive until after completing it. There is also a very interesting biography written by Andrew Stoner that was published in May 2019 book “The Journalist of Castro Street : The Life of Randy Shilts”. I do recommend “Philadelphia” the 1993 movie starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington which was inspired by true events. Hanks won an Academy Award for best actor and Washington gave an award worthy performance in this movie about a lawyer fired for having AIDs (Hanks) and the lawyer who represented him in his lawsuit (Washington). The song both written for the movie and performed by Bruce Springsteen, “Streets of Philadelphia” also won several awards. Thank-you!

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        • What was I thinking? Of course you would have seen it! Like you, I am not a fan of Sean Penn, but I thought he was perfectly cast in that role and I forgot it was a movie I was watching. Thank you for the book recommendations! I looked into all three, and thought to start with “The Mayor of Castro Street”, and thus I have added it to my kindle and will start reading it tonight! I will probably also read the other two … thank you! Now, prepare to be shocked, but I have actually seen “Philadelphia”, though it has been quite a while ago, and I might like to see it again! Thank you for all these great recommendations! ❀

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