June is unofficially Pride month around the world, a celebration of diversity and tolerance. The first pride march took place in in June 1970 in New York City, followed soon by marches in major US and European cities. It marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots a year earlier, after a routine raid of the bar in New York by police, when the mainly homosexual clientele resisted and fought back. It was a turning point, marking a shift from oppression and victimhood to promotion of dignity and equal rights for homosexuals of all genders.
Some say that it is now outdated but we should not forget that the campaign for equal marriage rights continues in Northern Ireland and many European countries. There is also evidence that though there is broad acceptance of homosexuality in many parts of the world, it is still illegal and sometimes punishable by death in some countries, so Pride month continues to be relevant as a beacon for those who continue to be oppressed.