Pride, the topic for this month
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By David Clarke

Seeing as it is the pride season I thought that Pride should be the topic for this month. Many people see pride as a fun day out with drinks flowing while some see it as totally unnessacary, that it is a day/week we further segregrate ourselves from society and the true meaning of pride gets lost along the way.

Stonewall Inn 1969

The truth is Pride is held during the Summer months to commemerate a very special day 42 years ago where in a little bar in New York history was made, this bar was Stonewall. Stonewall was known to be a gay bar to the NYPD and back in 1969 when these events took place the idea of a gay bar was unheard of. The NYPD raided the bar as they did every few weeks arresting the ‘obviously’ gay men and women, those who were lucky enough to would not be identifiedbut not this night!

This night they didnt run instead to the great surprise of the NYPD a crowd gathered waiting to erupt and finally stand up for themselves and all they needed was a spark which they dually got. A woman was being dragged from the bar and with a simple cry for help the crowd erupted, it started of with less than one hundred people but the crowd grew and grew until they overwhelmed the NYPD. Three days of rioting took place the rioters message was simply equality for all.

One thing to note about this faithful night was that for the people fighting this bar was all they had, many of the people who went here were living in poverty, they were literally putting everything they had on the line for their rights. This is seen as the beginning of the gay rights movement around the world this one bar changed everything people were tired of being second class citizens afraid to be the person they were born to be, they finally stood tall and started fighting united as a community.

The meaning of pride is still the same behind all the partying and the drinking it is a day when we are heard and the eyes of the country are on us as a community. So if you are going to pride this year remember Stonewall stand tall and have pride in who you are.

David is the youth officer with Gay Wexford and the author of the
coming out guide on the Youth page at GayWexford.com. For more
details of Gay Youth Wexford see their facebook page or send an email
to  gayyouthwexford@gmail.com  
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One Response to Pride, the topic for this month

  1. MaryB MaryB says:

    Thousands attend Dublin Pride
    Jonny Payne – news.PinkPaper.com – Monday, 27 June 2011

    Tens of thousands of people attended Dublin’s gay Pride parade yesterday (25th June 2011) to mark the end of ten days of events, which included a performance from Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.

    As reported by RTE, around 25,000 people took part in the march and an estimated 100,000 additional revellers watched on, according to Dublin LGBTQ, as the parade wound its way through the city centre from Parnell Square to Wood Quay.

    Dublin Gay Pride put on more than 50 events over a ten-day period, which included music performances, walking tours, sports events and even a dog show.

    As reported by The Journal, Senator David Norris, who spoke at the parade afterparty, said: “Pride is something that we all earn. The Irish gay community has earned the right to be proud.”