At Chorus, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is a very important topic so we are excited to be celebrating Pride Month throughout June 2022. Over the next few months there will be an uptake of Pride events and I would like to share some information about the LGBT+ community and the events that will be taking place over the coming months.
What is Pride?
Pride is a celebration of the rights of members of the LGBT+ community that takes place in various cities, across the world during the summer months. After the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn, New York a march took place the following year to celebrate the liberation of members of the LGBT+ community.
From there, the tradition of the Pride March followed by a day of celebrating gay culture spread across the globe.
Whilst the LGBT+ community take the opportunity to celebrate identity and the advancements in equality it is a moment to remember (just like so many other groups seeking equality) the sacrifices and efforts that had to be made to get where we are. And the struggles still yet to go.
Why the rainbow flag?
The rainbow flag was originally devised by the artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 and has changed several times. The current iteration was designed by Daniel Quassar and is often referred to as the Progress Pride Flag to show the inclusion and movement the community has had, but the chevron the left pointing right to show the progress still to be made.
Each colour represents a theme:
Pink was later dropped because of a shortage of the coloured fabric and indigo/turquoise were merged to create the royal blue colour we use today.
What is LGBT+?
LGBT+ is an initialism originally to directly represent people who were not heterosexual or cisgender. It now represents the diversity of sexuality, gender, identity, and the cultures that these communities have.
What does LGBT+ mean?
There are several variations of the term LGBT+ (for example LGBTQIA+) below are some definitions of where the acronym comes from:
- L – Lesbian
- G – Gay
- B – Bisexual
- T – Transgender – an individual whose gender identifies differently from their assigned sex.
- Q – Queer – an individual who seek a broader and more ambiguous alternative to other LGBT terms may identify as queer.
- Q – Questioning – an individual who maybe going through the process of identifying their gender, sexual identity or orientation.
- I – Intersex – an individual who does not have the typical definition of being male or female.
- A – Asexual – an individual who has no sexual attraction at all.
- + - to encompass the entirety of the spectrum of gender and sexuality and, in addition, Ally – an individual who is Heterosexual, non-transgender and supports LGBT movements.
- Cisgender – An individual whose gender is the same as assigned at birth.
- Transgender – An individual whose gender is different to the one assigned at birth.
- NB (pronounced enby) - Stands for Non-Binary, an umbrella term for an individual who does specifically identify as one gender.
This list is not definitive there are a lot more terminologies out there. It comes down to is how one chooses to identify as on the spectrum of gender and sexuality.
Spectrum of gender and sexuality?
It is now widely believed that gender and sexuality are spectrums in which one can find oneself on, whereas previously the view was held that there were clearly defined points (i.e., male/female, gay/straight).
Below is a helpful diagram from https://www.genderbread.org/ to understand the differences between sexuality, sex, and gender.
Where can I go to take part?
As mentioned above, there are several different events taking place all over the country this summer, some of those events can be found here:
Bristol Pride (details here: http://bristolpride.co.uk/) will take place 25th June – 11th July with Pride Day on the 9th July (I am informed Carly Rae Jepsen will be headlining). So do come down and show support and have a few drinks to celebrate LGBT+ culture and achievements.
What If large events are not for me?
There’s plenty of other ways to get involved and Stonewall’s website (www.stonewall.org.uk) does detail other activities that are occurring across the year.
However, if you are someone who likes to just relax and watch a few films over the weekend I would recommend the following:
- Pride (2014) – a film about an LGBT group in London who supported the village of Onllwyn during the minor’s strike in 1984.
- Heartstopper (Netflix) – based on the webcomic by Alice Oseman, a coming-of-age story of Charlie Spring, a year 10 who falls for his classmate.
- Carol (2015) – starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara about a forbidden affair between an aspiring female photographer and a woman going through a difficult divorce.
I hope that the information above provides a small insight into the community that I belong to.
If I can just impart a final message, it would be you don’t have to understand why someone identifies themselves the way they do but just accept and love them for who they are. After all, love is love.