Celebrating Cultures, Promoting Integration
On the last Saturday of June (29th) the streets of Dublin will be colored like a rainbow. Entire families will be celebrating Gay Pride Month. Last year, about 60,000 people attended the event. According to the Amnesty International blog, the first LGBTQ + protest march took place in Dublin in March 1983 in response to the release of the killers of a gay man named Declan Flynn. About 900 people marched from Liberty Hall to Fairview Park. In the same year, in June, the LGBT National Federation (NXF) organized the first Dublin Pride Parade. But, do you know why June was chosen to celebrate diversity?
The Stonewall Celebration
Exactly 50 years ago, in New York, the United States, the first uprising in defense of LGBT + rights began. This was because, at that time, there was a law in the USA in which made it obligatory to wear clothes that were compatible with their biological gender. Whoever was not dressed in agreement was arrested. Homosexuality was considered a psychological disorder, making it illegal to sell liquor to LGBTs.
The only bars that sold it and served as a refuge for LGBTs were controlled by mafias. As an excuse to suppress criminal organizations, the police invaded these bars, acting violently against the regulars and arresting those who were not following the law of clothing. One of the most popular gay pubs was Stonewall. And on June 28, 50 years ago, people revolted against these violent actions. For days a series of clashes with the police went on. From this, gays organized to gain political strength and created the Gay Liberation Front. From that start, they succeeded in getting the homophobic laws removed years later by the American court.
The first Gay Pride Parade was organized in 1970 in New York. The impacts of that act of resistance reached the whole world. And today, the possibility of a simple kiss between people of the same sex or the act of holding hands while walking the streets are reasons to celebrate gay pride.
We have already published here the Babylon Radio the new route of diversity in Dublin. Stay tuned and do not miss the most colourful celebration of Dublin.
By Rodrigo Valadares