International Pride Day is renowned on June 28 every year as June is eminent as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) or Pride month to commemorate the incredible Stonewall riots back in 1969. The history of impartiality and equivalence was twisted when police invaded the famous bar, Stonewall Inn in June 1969, was a regular raid though, but this time it was not endurable by its famous clients and therefore revolutionary Stonewall riots took place in New York.
Since then, a rainbow spreads throughout June as streets and sky are decorated with rainbow colors. The victory in 1969 abetted people recognizing the significance of their equal opportunity and reverence in society. Not only these riots, but the fight of equality was started much earlier in 1924 with the foundation of the Society for Human Rights in Chicago and many more after that.
One would ask, what is the need to glorify the LGBTQ community? Why Pride month is celebrated? Before perceiving any assumptions, there is a need to know the struggles of the community. To explain these struggles, a mere instance of Alan Turing is enough. He was the father of computer technology and artificial intelligence, a great mathematician, a code breaker, and what-not. He is considered as the hero of World War II as he is said to reduce the war by two years by cracking Nazi code. Sadly, he was no exception and was persecuted on the grounds of his sexuality after the revelation of his relationship with a 19-year-old policeman in 1952. Human brutality reached its height when oestrogen was injected in his body to neutralize his libido. He was given two options, one is Chemical castration and another is Prison. But the marooned man picked the former one. Disheartening news broke out in 1954 when he was reported dead as he consumed cyanide poison and killed himself.
There are numerous occurrences of such heinous acts of hatred and bigotry of humans against humans which melts one’s heart. People belonging to the LGBTQ community have achieved a lot but that is not enough for their survival with dignity. The discernment on the grounds of sexuality is not restricted to sexual abuse but physical, mental, and emotional health is also targeted.
Youth belonging to the LGBTQ community has succumbed to more emotional glitches such as extreme levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and many more. The stigma attached to their sexuality by society, the discrimination and separation from the families, ill-treatment, and attempt to cure this, so-called “disease” accelerate the suicidal rate amongst LGBTQ youth. The signs of isolation, disrespect, and dishonor shown by their heterosexual peers are not creating any fewer difficulties. According to data shown by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 62% of the LGBTQ people suffer problems such as rejection or exclusion by their families. Whereas, about 50% attempts to suicide due to the other discriminated acts. Apart from this, the mental state of well-being is also directly proportional to the inappropriate and insensitive names called by heterosexual society such as ‘hijra’ in India.
Furthermore, the unfair treatment, viciousness, police brutality and harassment by their intimate partners has become a new normal. The children of this community have abstained from education as they are compelled to discontinue their schooling at an early age. According to NCBI, more than 56% of children are found to discontinue their school due to their sexuality.
Not only they are refrained from education, but gender discrimination by society forces them to marry unwanted partners. They are more prone to drug abuse to stabilize their mental health. Nearly 54% of people from the community are found to be drug-addicted.
On another hand, people belonging to this community have achieved so much for their inclusivity. Gay movements were very profound in society. The successful story of Sally Ride who was the first female astronaut of America was honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom was later came out as Lesbian. There are many more people like Sally and Alan who have their different personalities and success stories belonging to the LGBTQ community.
People need to understand sexuality is not a disease first of all, which can be cured through some religious practices. It is the true identity of a person who needs acceptance. Many countries enforced laws for their equal rights but the societal stigma still harms their health.
Coming back to the question, Pride month is required to celebrate the sexuality of people. To end the homophobia, persecution, exclusion, brutality, and torture, both heterosexual and homosexual people come out on roads with Pride marches taking colorful flags symbolizing love spread all across. The whole month is celebrated to spread positivity, diversity, love, and individualism. The parades and various other events are undertaken to spread awareness to eliminate the stereotypes in society and to fight the remaining battle of acceptance.