June is LGBT Pride month. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The first three mean that somebody feels attracted to people of the same gender. (Bisexual means being attracted to both the same and different genders.)
Meanwhile, transgender means someone who feels they have been born in the wrong body. For example, someone who was born a boy may want to live as a girl, or vice versa.
For a long time, LGBT people were treated cruelly by society. Until 1967, it was illegal for a man to be in a relationship with another man in the UK.
Over the last 50 years, the gay rights movement has fought for acceptance for LGBT people. Now, we know that it is important to show love and respect to people, regardless of who they love and what gender they are.
Every summer, LGBT Pride marches take place in hundreds of cities across the globe. Up to 1.5 million people are thought to have watched London’s Pride parade last year!
Pride events are often a time of joy and celebration. However, they are also a chance to campaign for the rights of LGBT people in other countries, or to protest against the difficulties that some LGBT people still face at home.
What are you proud of this June?
Read Our Story
This short, four-minute video explains the origins of gay rights in the Stonewall riots. Can you think of any other unfair ways that people are treated?
- As a class or at home, discuss the meaning of the word “pride”. What does it mean? How important is it? And what sorts of things are you proud of?
- Decorate your classroom to celebrate Pride. If you are not sure how, remember that the international symbol for Pride is a rainbow flag!