(Aka, the one month a year where our mainstream capitalist society decides it is hashtag proud and sports rainbow in anything they can sell, all the while continuing to oppress the queer community.)
But we'll save that for another day.
June is officially Pride Month, and for us, it's an incredibly exciting time. We get to walk around the world and feel seen. Flags are waving high, events are taking off in every bar, club, and restaurant, and the amount of merchandise suddenly available is unreal.
We're all set to go to San Diego Pride (even though it's in July, but whatever). More time to plan outfits this way. Speaking of outfits... click here for a look at our Pride collection. Stay tuned for our Pride Essentials post where we break down everything you don't want to forget if you're heading to a festival this month.
LA Pride falls on our anniversary weekend this year, so we might not make it out there. We'll for sure be stalking everyone's photos if we don't.
Amidst all the rainbows and glitter that is Pride Month, we'd like to take a moment to honor the story behind Pride, and the historic event that is the Stonewall Riots. 2019 marks 50 years since the event! A little back story for those who want it!
On June 28, 1969, a series of confrontations began in New York City, outside the Stonewall Inn (a gay bar) between police and gay rights activists. These demonstrations lasted for days, and was majorly spearheaded by Marsha P. Johnson, a black gay activist and self-identified drag queen. The Stonewall Riots are largely considered the birth of the gay rights movement, and Pride Month was established in it's honor.
50 years since Stonewall, and our strides have been huge. There is much work to be done, and we are grateful to be a part of this journey that was paved for us.
Happy Pride Month, from The Urban Queer Co.