June 2023

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How proud is your Pride!?

Are you wondering why everything is suddenly brighter, colourful, and festive this month? We're celebrating Pride! And you're invited!

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Rainbow flag

The bright, beautiful colours of the rainbow on a flag immediately announce LGBTQIA+ pride. But do you know how and when the rainbow flag came into existence? On this episode of How Did This Become a Thing, we take a quick look into the history and find out the origin and journey of the Rainbow flag.

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  • Pride month is celebrated to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which occurred in New York city in 1969. The riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBTQIA+ community in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar at the time. The events of that night marked a turning point in the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights and paved the way for the establishment of Pride parades around the world.
  • The iconic rainbow flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, an artist and LGBTQIA+ activist. The original flag featured 8 colors - hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, blue for harmony, and violet for spirit.
  • With time and reason, the flag evolved and today has six colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
  • The gender-neutral pronoun ‘they’ was first used as early as 1386 to describe someone in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and in famous literary works like Shakespeare's Hamlet in 1599.
  • The first official Pride March of India was held in Kolkata in 1999 and saw a modest turnout of around 15 to 20 participants. Many participants wore masks or veils to conceal their identities due to the prevailing social stigma surrounding homosexuality at the time.

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