by Kennin Martin
With Pride month underway, you might have a few questions about what this month entails.
The first month recognized as Pride month happened in 1969, so this year will be the 50th annual Pride month! While it is a very peaceful event nowadays, Pride month stems from violence. On June 28th, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Mafia run inn that was frequented by many LGBT patrons, but were met with some violence. After the police stormed the inn, they arrested biological men dressed up as women and some who were ‘provoking violence’. An actual fight broke out when one of the arrested yelled at the crowd gathering around the inn “Why don’t you guys do something?”, causing the mob to erupt. Seeing the injustice caused by the police, the mob grew larger, including bystanders and people not even remotely related to the LGBT community to join in. After a while, the police were forced to retreat, but the fight was not done yet. The next night a large crowd gathered around the inn to protect it from the police officers while other members of the protest did things like throwing bricks at police cars. While this sounds terrible, you have to keep in mind that just the fact of being gay was a crime, and the protesters were just fighting for their rights.
This upcoming pride month is not going to be violent, however. There are still many events that could be fun to go to. The most well known event is the pride parade, which will be happening in Tom McCall Waterfront Park on June 15th and 16th. This celebration will likely include famous members of the LGBTQ+ community, since Oregon is a highly liberal state, and has the second highest percent of LGBTQ+ identifying adults (5.5%), according to a survey from 2015. Most people are allowed in LGBTQ+ events; even if you don’t identify as part of the community, you can still come as an ally to support those who do. Obviously, homophobes are discouraged from attending Pride for obvious reasons. Other groups that are excluded from pride are those who do not support members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Editor’s helpful note: Many trans people have preferred pronouns that they would like you to use when referring to them. Here is a quick list of pronouns that someone might use:
- He/Him: Used for people who identify as male
- She/Her: Used for people who identify as female
- They/Them: Gender neutral pronouns that can refer to anybody (commonly used by non-binary people)
There are some more complicated pronouns which somebody would like to be called, and vary from person to person. If in doubt, just call somebody by their name.
As a final note, I would like to apologize if I offended anyone or got any information wrong. If you wish to correct me, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that you have a good pride month!