When is Pride Month 2022, what is it and why are people celebrating it?

Waving proud flags

Pride Month is almost here (Picture: Getty)

With a young transgender actress set to star in Doctor Who and Jake Daniels becoming the first gay professional soccer player to come out in 32 years, the LGBTQ+ community has had a lot to celebrate lately.

Pride events in 2022 are expected to be bigger than ever as the UK celebrates 50 years of the Pride movement.

So when is Pride Month this year and why is it being celebrated?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Pride Month 2022?

Pride Month is celebrated in June every year.

From June 1-30, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies will celebrate their identities, achievements and reflect on the fight for equality.

Man smiles at a Pride march

Pride Month always falls in June (Image: Getty)

Various events are taking place around the world during this special month to recognize the influence of LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Why is Pride Month celebrated?

The reason Pride Month occurs in June is because it marks the police raid that gave rise to Pride Month Stonewall riots – which in turn led to the establishment of LGBTQ+ rights.

The raid took place early in the morning of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Stonewall March

Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969 (Image: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The venue was a popular meeting place for young gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

Staff were arrested for selling alcohol without a license, with police beating many of the patrons and clearing the bar.

The LGBTQ+ community staged a series of demonstrations to protest the crackdown and demand the establishment of safe spaces for gay people – where they can gather without fear of arrest or violence.

These riots served as a catalyst for LGBTQ+ rights.

Today, Pride Month is marked by parties, concerts and parades (Image: Getty)

Since then, the LGBTQ+ community has annually commemorated the years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equality.

Pride Month is marked with parties, parades, concerts and other events celebrating queer identity.

In the UK, the first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held in London on 1st July 1972 (chosen as the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) – so 2022 marks the 50th year of the Pride movement on ours coasts .

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