Celebrate with Pride!
June is Pride Month
June is Pride month!
It’s a time for celebration, education, and fellowship in the LGBT community . . .
It’s time to remember. A time of remembrance for those lost to hate crimes and to HIV/AIDS. A time to recognize the accomplishments of LGBT individuals from history, as well as the present.
And, it’s a time for parades!
Believe it or not, the Library of Congress provides one of the best succinct descriptions I’ve found of the history and meaning behind LGBT Pride Month.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months.
LGBT History Month is also celebrated with annual month-long observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBT community during LGBT History Month.
So, today’s post comes on the traditional “Gay Pride Day”, the final Sunday in the month of June.
Pride Month is celebrated here in the Samadhi household as an important part of both our heritage and identity.
The history of the modern Leather and BDSM communities in North America begins with a generation of post-WorldWar, leather clad, hard riding, hard playing, and (presumably) hard fucking gay bikers. These are the only folks who can accurately be called “Old Guard.”
This time in history was immortalized most famously by the movie The Wild One starring Marlon Brando. Considered to be the original outlaw biker film, The Wild One offered a glimpse of some aspects of the biker subculture that bred modern Leather.
I also consider myself to be pansexual. In case you are not familiar with the term pansexual, a simple definition reads; not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity. To my way of thinking pansexual is a more inclusive term than bisexual, but it has a similar meaning.
Pansexuality is an important part of my sexual identity. Perhaps it’s not as essential to my core identity as being a Master/Owner in the BDSM lifestyle, but it is still a critical portion.
Michael’s Annotated References
Symbols by ALGBTICAL – Listing of the various symbols adopted by the LGBT community to express pride and activism. By the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL).
About LGBT Pride Month – A Library of Congress resource. I took an extensive quote from the site, it’s practically the whole page. So, I should warn you that if you read my post, it’s really only worth visiting the Library of Congress page to follow the links. Perhaps my quote was more than typical “Fair Use” might prudently allow, but being a Library of Congress resource, it’s real owner is We the People.