The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), and others. The "plus" represents other sexual identities including pansexual and Two-Spirit. The first four letters of the acronym have been used since the 1990s, but in recent years there has been an increased awareness of the need to be inclusive of other sexual identities to offer better representation. The LGBTQ+ community consist of parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, senior administrators and CEOs. Bayard Rustin, a close advisor to Martin Luther King and one of the most influential and effective organizers of the civil rights movement, was responsible for organizing the August 28, 1963 March on Washington and was often silenced due to his race and for being part of the LGBTQ+ community. So many are still discriminated against because we exude pride of LGBTQ+ identity in our families, communities, and workplaces. The LGBTQ+ community should be able to show pride. Every June (Pride Month) LGBTQ+ and supporters dust off rainbow flags and join in the fun celebrations. Pride Month is for everyone to embrace who they are and let the world know in style, to celebrate acceptance, also shines a light on LGBTQ+ issues. The rainbow aptly signifies the colorful activities and flavors of this month-long celebration (rainbow flag was designed by Gilbert Baker). Commemorations and memorials are also held for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. Pride celebrations take a variety of forms, from parades to parties to protests and proms. Since the start of the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the 1970s, hundreds of independent Pride events have sprung up in cities worldwide during June, each distinctly local and generally tied in some way to the foundational Stonewall Riots in June of 1969.
In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn (a gay club in Greenwich Village, NYC) staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ+ Americans were commonly subjected. It started with a police raid on a hot summer night in Greenwich Village, New York City June of 1969. Police stormed the Stonewall Inn arresting patrons and forcing them into waiting police vehicles. But a nearby crowd grew restless and angry, and eventually someone (there’s different accounts as to who exactly) started whipping onlookers into fighting back. They pelted the police, forcing them to retreat, and aggressive street confrontations continued over the next few nights, lasted six days and marked the beginning of the LGBTQ+ equal rights movement. People stood up against police harassment that led to the creation of what we know as 'Pride' today. Following the Stonewall Riots, Brenda Howard and other organizers wanted to build on that spirit of resistance . The following year June 28, 1970 they marched to Central Park and down Christopher Street, and adopted the theme of “Gay Pride” as a counterpoint to the prevailing attitude of shame, gay pride marches were held across the country, in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in other major cities across the country. Before Stonewall, there was a riot in Los Angeles, CA at Cooper Do-Nuts, and in San Francisco, CA at Compton’s Cafeteria. But Stonewall is definitely the more well-known, and led to the creation of 'Pride' today.
Although Gay pride, begin in the United States in the 1970's, it has become a popular celebration in Spanish cities, with Madrid hosting Euro Pride in 2007, which organizers said attracted around 2.5 million people (later hosted the 2017 World Gay Pride). In 2008 the Spanish Royal Court distanced itself from comments expressed by the Queen of Spain (Queen Sofia) in a biography debuting that year. In the biography Queen Sofia drew criticism after she was quoted as condemning gay marriage, gay pride marches and abortion in the biography. The book was an updated version of a biography written by Pilar Urbano. Urbano is a well-known journalist who has written for conservative newspapers. “If these people want to live together, dress as grooms and get married, they might have the right to do so or not, depending on the laws of their countries. But they shouldn’t call it marriage, because it isn’t,” the Queen was quoted as saying.
COLEGAS (Gay and lesbian association) said it respected Sofia’s opinions but added “The majority of Spaniards are in favor of gay marriage, and the majority do not reject the term marriage to refer to the union between people of the same sex.” Spain legalized gay marriage in 2005, one of the 5 countries that first legalized same-sex marriage. The Royal Palace said the Greek-born queen had been misquoted. “The supposed comments which, anyway, were made in a private sphere, do not exactly match the opinions expressed by Her Majesty The Queen,” said in their statement. Spanish politician Esteban Gonzalez Pons, chief spokesman for the opposition conservative Popular Party, told Telemadrid TV, “I think that the King, the Queen, if they are there for anything, it is to be like the flag, and we see the flag as meeting its role in official acts but not making public statements.” Pons said that although the Queen’s views may have offended half of Spaniards, another half supported them, particularly elderly Catholics like Sofia. Pons’s party also argued against calling gay unions marriage and several Popular Party mayors had refused to marry gay couples.
While on his frequent business trips around the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Bob Damron wanted to find bars and other locales to meet other men like him. A gay man, Damron sought friends, companions, and safety at friendly businesses in the various cities he visited. He began jotting down the names of the spots he frequented, sometimes loaning out his notebooks to fellow gay friends to take with them on their own journeys. His prolific lists became the basis of gay travel guide he began publishing in 1964. -Mapping the Gay Guides. His collections, originally known as the “Address Book,” became a survival guide for gay road trippers, comparable to "The Negro Motorist Green Book," which guided African American travelers through the country during the Jim Crow era in the United States. There was a biographical film in 2018 "Greenbook" winning multiple awards, inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Jamaican-American) and bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Italian-American), during the Jim Crow era using "The Negro Motorist Green Book" as a guide. The Mapping the Gay Guides' website, hosts an interactive map which displays the location of each entry in Bob Damron’s Address Books between 1965 and 1980 along with information about how the location was classified. They will be digitizing, transcribing, and geolocating data from 1981-2000, you can sign up via their website to receive updates when new data and materials are launched.
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Viator is a global tours and attractions company that Tripadvisor acquired. Viator.com remains the world’s largest traveler booking site for tours and attractions. Travelers are able to book activities and tickets on both Viator and Tripadvisor. Viator is also an LGBTQ inclusive company. 'Travel with Pride' series. "In this series, we speak to the people behind our top LGBTQ experiences in an exploration of LGBTQ history, culture, and Pride." -Viator
Royal Caribbean is the world’s largest cruise line by passenger capacity. The line’s biggest ships are more than 20% bigger than any other cruise vessel afloat, and they’re chock-full of more restaurants, bars, entertainment zones and attractions than you’ll find anywhere else at sea. Royal Caribbean International (originally Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) began in 1968 by three Norwegian shipping companies, Anders Wilhelmsen & Company, I.M. Skaugen & Company, and Gotaas Larsen. In 1997, Royal Caribbean acquired Celebrity Cruises and changed the name of the Royal Caribbean fleet to Royal Caribbean International. On Royal Caribbean’s biggest ships, on the top deck there are multiple pool areas, watery play zones, rock climbing walls, surfing simulators, miniature golf courses, basketball courts and even zip lines. Interior areas include everything from full-size spas and large casinos to Broadway quality theaters with top-name shows.
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Known For being one of the top Psychic Networks, Oranum is an online psychic network that offers psychic readings via live video chat, you can hear and see your psychic through their webcam, However, it’s completely optional if you want your psychic to see your face as well or if you’d prefer to stay anonymous during the reading. What truly sets Oranum apart, is their free live video sessions. Some of the reading categories you can explore include love, tarot, family, career, clairvoyant, astrology, dream counseling, pets, energy healing, and spiritual guides to name a few.
TOOT from Japan is credited with revolutionizing the way men from the world over view underwear as an integral expression of their individuality. TOOT's underwear and swimwear are 100% made in Japan featuring unparalleled workmanship, premium fabrics, and innovative styles that set new trends.
there's many brands that support and celebrate Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community with their pride collections that actually give back to the LGBTQ+ communities, whether from a portion of their proceeds being given to LGBTQ+ organizations, or by partnering with queer designers and creators directly. Reebok for example, Reebok’s pride collections were designed by Reebok's LGBTQ+ employee community. There's also J Crew, Hedley Bennet, Apple, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Crocs, Disney, Speedo, Puma, Vinebox and NYX Makeup to name a few.
Da Brat (real name Shawntae Harris), two time Grammy nominated rapper from Chicago, known for her music. Dominated the Hip Hop rap industry from 1994, until 2000, when she released her last charting hit single. Showed she was still the talented rapper and performer with her appearance in Dem Franchize Boyz’ “I Think They Like Me” remix 2005. Da Brat's debut album Funkdafied (1994) sold one million copies, making her the first female solo rap act to receive a platinum certification, and the second overall female rap act (solo or group) after Salt-N-Pepa. Although her tomboy style (that style along with her unique rhyme and rap flow rose her to the top of the charts), lead the public to speculate she were of the LGBTQ community, she still remained a bit of a mystery to the public. After years of speculation, in 2020 she came out publicly to a mostly positive reception. She’s engaged to BB Judy (real name Jessica Dupart), an entrepreneur and businesswoman who is known for her hair product business- Kaleidescope Hair Products and charitable work.
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'Joe Bell' is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men) with a script by Brokeback Mountain scribes Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry. 'Joe Bell' tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father, Joe, (Mark Wahlberg) who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin (Reid Miller), embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.
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A 1961 British film. Melville Farr (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a married successful lawyer, tries to locate a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a crying young gay man, Jack "Boy" Barrett (Peter McEnery), whom Farr has a romantic friendship with. It was the first English-language film to use the word 'homosexual'.
411- In 1961, when the film was first released in the United Kingdom (UK), homosexuality was still illegal in the UK. Homosexuality was not decriminalized in England and Wales until the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967. "Victim," along with other 1960's films like "A Taste of Honey," "The Leather Boys," and "Darling" are credited with helping change the public opinion on homosexuality to a more positive one, and, in addition to the Wolfenden Report, leading to the eventual decriminalization of homosexuality via the Sexual Offences Act 1967.
In the spirit of 'Paris Is Burning' (1990 documentary of “vogueing” sensation and underground ball culture), Sheldon Larry's (partnering with writer-lyricist Glenn Gaylord and composer Kimberly Burse) 'Leave It On The Floor,' a 2012 musical film, takes you into the fabulously funky world of voguing. Also discovering an environment in which outcast identities can flourish.
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There are plenty of health clinics that are inclusive and affordable. Throughout the Western U.S., there are LGBTQ welcoming clinics in almost every major city (click the location to visit their websites).
NYX Cosmetics is a line of cosmetics products that features a full range from foundations to eye and lip cosmetics, named after Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, and is a subsidiary of L'Oréal. The quality of the products has been compared with that of the higher-end cosmetics lines but without the higher-end price tag, with customers rating of 4.1 out of 5 possible stars.
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PUMA (USA) or (Canada) and brand ambassador, model, actress and LGBTQIA+ activist Cara Delevingne have worked together again for a second capsule collection to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride. This year’s Forever Free Pride Collection is made to inspire others to be free from fear and believe in themselves. 20% of the proceeds with a maximum donation of $500,000 USD from the sales of this collection will go to Cara Delevingne's support for LGBTQIA+ charities.Pictured selections are White Pride Fitted Tee, Black Pride Fitted Tee, Black or White Pride Graphic Hoodie (USA) or (Canada) and Fierce 2 Pride Training Sneakers (USA) or (Canada)
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