June marks an entire month of Pride celebration for the LGBTQ community in the US. It is a time to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place on June 28th, 1969. Police conducted raids on gay bars in New York City, in which LGBTQ members fought back for, literally, their “pride” of their sexuality. The country has come a long way since then, with legislation to legalize same-sex marriage and, overall, to increase acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
I have rarely mentioned my views (let alone my sexuality) on LGBTQ rights on this blog. This is because this isn’t the place to discuss it, as it’s a travel blog, as well as the fact that it’s really none of people’s business to know all of my personal life. However, I do want to share glimpses of rainbow-themed shots I’ve taken on my travel, in honor of this important month for a community that’s near-and-dear to me. The rainbow is a representation of the LGBTQ community’s diversity, and it makes for a powerful statement on just far we’ve come in the past half-century in advocating for equality and acceptance in society. We’re far from being perfect, but here’s to improving little-by-little as the years go on.
10 Pride Photos from Around the World
1. Marbella, Spain
2. Cologne, Germany
3. Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
4. Santiago, Chile
5. Portland, Oregon, USA
6. Reykjavik, Iceland
7. Paris, France
8. Madrid, Spain
9. Los Angeles, California, USA
10. Lyon, France (my first Pride Parade to date!)
Overall, Pride Month is all about love. Not just for the person (or people) you love romantically, but also love and acceptance for those in the LGBTQ community. We are all human with the same ability to feel this powerful force of attraction to another human, regardless of sex or gender.
Love is love. Love wins. And everything in between. Have a wonderful Pride Month, folks.