The world is full of events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In this article, we’ll talk about Pride festivals, parades, and a Transgender Day of Remembrance. If you’re interested in attending one of these events, here are some places where you can find them. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find a celebration for you or a loved one!
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride
There are a number of ways to celebrate the rights and achievements of the LGBTQ community. Many pride events feature a parade, which is usually an outdoor event. The pride parade is an important celebration of legal rights and LGBTQ acceptance. Sometimes, pride parades are also demonstrations of those rights. These events are not to be missed! Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular pride events:
One event to celebrate LGBT Pride Month is held on the military base of Joint Base Andrews. The 113th Wing of the Army hosts an observance to promote greater diversity in service and community. Speakers include Allyson Robinson, a human rights activist who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Robinson enlisted in the Army as a combat medic and was stationed in Germany and Saudi Arabia. In her speech, she discussed her experience of transition and how she has advocated for LGBT rights.
Although Pride parades have historically emphasized individual freedom and diversity, recent Pride marches have also included social and political activism. Marchers often carry placards addressing social issues. As the acceptance of the LGBTQ community grew in the general public, more politicians and gay-friendly businesses began participating in parades. However, some advocates have accused Pride parades of promoting sexism and fetish interests. In response, some Pride parades have become political events and have reverted to their protest-driven roots.
In the early 1970s, Stanley Stellar captured the first Pride celebrations on Christopher Street in New York City. These parades were small and operated at neighborhood level. Last July, New York City hosted the World Pride, which attracted an estimated five million people. Today, many Pride events are on a national scale, with tens of thousands of people attending each. But the sexiest parades are still the smaller ones.
Many Americans consider pride festivals to be a positive and important part of the LGBT community. The Pew Research Center’s survey of LGBT adults found that three-in-ten said that pride festivals advance social acceptance. More than 80 percent said that they were at least somewhat helpful. However, there’s still a long way to go before these festivals are considered a success. In the meantime, many people are unaware of how important they are.
Early Pride events were more political in nature, promoting individual freedom and celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community. As acceptance of the community grew, however, many events turned into a celebration of the LGBTQ community. Several marches and parades often advocate for gay and lesbian rights and same-sex marriage. Oftentimes, these events are the largest in the Midwest. But what makes them successful? Here are some of the reasons why.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Every year, on November 20, we remember the transphobic murders and transgender lives lost to hate crimes. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established to raise awareness about transphobia and to memorialize the victims of these tragedies. Unfortunately, transphobic murders are still too common. While the day was originally intended to be a time of peace and reconciliation, the Transgender community has seen its share of hate crimes.
As a trans-identified person, your organization or business can be a part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance by honoring the lives of those lost to hate crimes in the last year. There is no better way to honor the lives lost than by publicly acknowledging the victims of anti-transgender violence in your company. There are several resources available to help companies honor the lives of transgender people and their families. Out & Equal, an LGBTQ+ convener, has produced an interactive guide for organizations to use as a tool for celebrating the day and its survivors.
Out on Film
Out on Film is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and its artists through film. This film festival showcases works by LGBTQ+ artists, fosters excellence in cinematic programming, and engages the community through art and education. The event is a part of the GLCCB’s Film Festival. Here are some of the events coming up. If you’re a local film buff, consider attending these events!
For an intimate look at the history of LGBTQ+ cinema, consider watching the documentary “Fire Island”. The film is a rare look into the queer past, with inspiring intergenerational testimonials. While you’re there, try to catch a screening of one of the films in this collection. It’s one of the best film festivals of the year in the area. Whether you’re in the Bay Area or another city, there’s an Out on Film event for you.