June is LGBT Pride Month, and while this year's celebrations will look slightly different due to the coronavirus pandemic, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions remain proud to stand in solidarity with LGBT people all over the world.
What is Pride Month?
LGBT Pride Month is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Pride Month is observed every June, with various events taking place over the course of the month.
Pride Month began in the USA, but it is now observed internationally. If you've ever wondered why so many social media users upload rainbow-coloured profile pictures in June...well, now you know!
The month of June is significant because the Stonewall riots - a key turning point in LGBT history - took place in New York City in June 1969.
What's different this year?
The ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has changed everything, and that includes Pride Month.
June usually means parties, parades and marches, but due to the social distancing rules that are currently in effect, those big gatherings can't happen right now.
Instead, a series of online celebrations called Pride Inside will take place from 28 June to 5 July.
Here's a quote from Sen Raj of Amnesty International's Rainbow Network:
"Around the world, the pandemic is having a disproportionate effect on LGBTI+ people who have been historically discriminated against in their access to healthcare, housing and employment. That's why this year, it's more important than ever that LGBTI+ people and their allies have a chance to come together, celebrate how far we've come as a movement and support each other where we still have further to go. We invite all friends and allies to join us for Pride Inside to show that we'll always be proud - no matter what, no matter where."
This week-long programme of digital events will feature performances, workshops, speeches and other contributions from a wide array of musicians, comedians, artists, DJs and activists.
Visit the Amnesty International website for more information about this online festival.
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