It’s become quite commonplace for homes and businesses to display rainbow flags every June in the name of Pride Month, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know what it means: a month of homage and respect to members of the LGBTQ+ community. That is not to say that this community only gets one month of the year to shine, but June is particularly relevant when we take a look at the history of Pride Month and where it all started.
The history of Pride Month can be traced back to the Stonewall Riots, which occurred in New York City in June 1969. During that time, LGBTQ+ individuals faced widespread discrimination and were often targeted by police raids on gay establishments. On June 28 1969, a police raid took place at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. The patrons of the bar, tired of the mistreatment and oppression, fought back and sparked several days of protests and demonstrations.
The Stonewall Riots are considered a turning point in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. They inspired the community and led to the formation of various LGBTQ+ activist groups. The following year, on June 28 1970, the first-ever Pride marches took place in several cities in the United States, commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. These marches aimed to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and challenge societal norms.
A lot has changed in the years since, and while the LGBTQ+ community certainly enjoys a lot more freedom than before, there is still much work to be done, and they/we are still in need of support, recognition and acceptance. Despite the plentiful calls for unity and collaboration, we find ourselves in a time where division is rife and discrimination is still very real.
At OneNightOnly, we believe that love is love and pleasure is for everyone, no matter what your sexual orientation or preference. Life's complicated enough as it is, with plenty of people struggling not only to find their place in the world, but to figure out who they are and how they identify themselves, let alone who or what they might be attracted to. That said, there is one irrefutable truth that binds us all and makes us what we are: humans with desires. And it is that very desire that we not only want to highlight and showcase this month, but celebrate! Whether you’re a boy who likes boys, a girl who likes girls and boys, or something you can’t quite put your finger on yet, we’re here for you, supporting whatever you desire. After all, true pleasure doesn’t discriminate.