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LGBT pride or gay pride is the concept that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
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When is Gay Pride Day?
Gay Pride Day is always celebrated the last Sunday in June.
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The Movement has Three Main Premises:
that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered. The use of the abbreviated gay pride and pride have since become mainstream and shorthand expressions inclusive of all individuals in various LGBT communities.

The word pride is used in this case as an antonym for shame, which has been used to control and oppress LGBT persons throughout history. Pride in this sense is an affirmation of ones self and the community as a whole. The modern "pride" movement began after the "Stonewall riots" in 1969. Instead of backing down to unconstitutional raids by New York Police, gay people in local bars fought back. While it was a violent situation it also gave the underground community the first sense of communal pride in a very well publicized incident. From the yearly parade that commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall riots began a national grassroots movement. Today many countries around the world celebrate LGBT pride. The pride movement has furthered the cause of gay rights by lobbying politicians, registering voters and increasing visibility to educate on issues important to LGBT communities. LGBT pride advocates work for equal "rights and benefits" for LGBT people.

Symbols of LGBT pride include the LGBT rainbow flag, butterfly, the Greek lambda symbol, and the pink as well as black triangles reclaimed from their past use.
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1980s to present
In the 1980s there was a major cultural shift in the Stonewall Riot commemorations. The previous loosely organized, grassroots marches and parades were taken over by more organized and less radical elements of the gay community. The marches began dropping "Liberation" and "Freedom" from their names under pressure from more conservative members of the community, replacing them with the philosophy of "Gay Pride" (in the more liberal San Francisco, the name of the gay parade and celebration was not changed from Gay Freedom Day Parade to Gay Pride Day Parade until 1994). The Greek lambda symbol and the pink triangle which had been revolutionary symbols of the Gay Liberation Movement, which is headed by were tidied up and incorporated into the Gay Pride, or Pride, movement, providing some symbolic continuity with its more radical beginnings. The pink triangle was also the inspiration for the homomonument in Amsterdam, commemorating all gay men and lesbians who have been subjected to persecution because of their homosexuality.





















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Related How To Articles:
How to tell your parents that your gay

Holidays:
Gay & Lesbian Pride Month
LGBT History Month

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: LGBT pride
2010 Pride Parade Calendar Huge list of 2010 world pride parades with embedded YouTube videos
Gay Pride UK The Definitive Guide to UK LGBT Pride
List of worldwide Gay Pride events Event info and photos
(1) LGBT Religious Archives Network Exhibit: The Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH)
Yahoo! Pride Yahoo!'s Guide to Worldwide LGBT Pride
Gay Pride Coast To Coast Photos by CBS News
Gay Pride Photography Images from pride parades all around the globe.

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In 2008 the Queen of Spain, Sofia de Grecia was quoted by the writer Pilar Urbano opposing to Gay Pride and to the law on same sex marriage approved by Spanish Parliament. The Queen and the Royal House denied it .

In 2000, President Bill Clinton proclaimed June to be Gay & Lesbian Pride Month in the United States.

On June 1, 2009, President Barack Obama proclaimed June to be LGBT Pride month in the United States.

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The rainbow flag, sometimes pride flag or gay pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements in use since the 1970s.
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