June 1st marked the beginning of Pride Month. ????? Coinciding with the end of exams and the beginning of the summer, June signals the start of a period of celebration across the UK and beyond. Despite its thousand flaws, it is near-impossible to not be overjoyed at the sight of people chanting and marching and not being afraid to show what they have tended to hide for so long. There is something about the collective identity and the collective energy that a Pride event gives you. Something almost unexplainable.
This year, of course, stands out for its difference. And I’m not just talking about coronavirus. The death of George Floyd in the US, the last name on a too-long list of murders of Black people at the hands of law enforcement agencies, should prompt us to remember where our movement exactly started. The palpitating and angry energy of protesters across the West, united from the forced self-reflection moment due to the lockdown, must prompt us to look deeply back in history and realise not just how far we have come, but how long the road ahead is for us.
For this unique Pride Month, we invite you to join us and be a part of something truly unique and special. Throughout the month, we’re aiming to provide you materials to read on, watch, educate, learn, listen to. We want you to be a part of this journey as we reflect and celebrate the history of the LGBT+ movement.