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Every year June is marked as Pride month across the world. Millions take part in the celebrations, which usually involves musical performances and special events, along with marches in cities such as Manchester and London. Here’s what’s planned for the Pride 2020 celebrations.
Pride is a global celebration of LGBT communities and the right to celebrate the freedom to be yourself.
Pride takes place in June because it is the month the Stonewall riots took place in New York City back in 1969.
However the Stonewall riots, also known as the Stonewall uprising, marked an important milestone in the fight for LGBT rights.
Every year in June millions of people across the world take part in demonstrations for Pride.
Pride marches are held across cities in the UK like London and Manchester, with people wearing the colours of the rainbow associated with Pride.
However public gatherings are currently banned due to the coronavirus pandemic, so many of this year’s celebrations will be taking place virtually.
This year Amnesty International announced its collaboration with UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride to bring Pride celebrations online for 2020.
The event has been dubbed Pride Inside and will kick off June 28 running until July 5.
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Sen Raj, Amnesty International’s Rainbow Network committee member said: “COVID-19 won’t stop us celebrating LGBT+ rights.
“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.”
Sarah Hagger-Holt, from Stonewall UK, said: “Pride season is the highlight of the year for many LGBT people, so it’s been hard to hear that most Prides have had to cancel this year.
“But this has opened up new ways to bring us together to celebrate and show that defiant spirit our community is known for.
“Pride Inside promises to be a powerful platform that helps bring in and centre marginalised voices in the LGBT community.
“As the coronavirus pandemic risks increasing existing inequalities, it’s never been more important that we all show up for each other and stand together in the name of equality.”
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