This year we will join Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences with the Pride Walk on June 2.
Where did the Pride movement come from? The 1969 Stonewall Riots in America are seen as the beginning of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement.
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by the police, after which spontaneous demonstrations arose from the LGBTQIA+ community. A year later, in 1970, hundreds of protesters took to the streets again, and the first Pride March began.
Pride is a protest. Among others, pioneers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, both trans women of colour, have dedicated their lives to the emancipation of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The first protests in the Netherlands were against article 248-bis and to reflect on the homosexual war victims. The community still experiences discrimination and violence, there is still a lot to be achieved when it comes to emancipation. For example; asylum seekers who leave their country, because it is not safe there as an LGBTI person, still have to prove in the Netherlands that they are gay or trans 'enough', for example. In addition, LGBTI people often experience violence, especially trans women of colour are victims of this and are even killed. That is why it is still important to commit and speak out for the emancipation of the community.
In Rotterdam, Pride is now 10 years old and that should be celebrated! In the city, we do that during the Rotterdam Pride week from June 1 to June 11. On June 2, we will take to the streets during the Pride March.
Although Black LGBTI people like Marsha P. Johnson are committed to the emancipation of the entire community, they still face discrimination and racism. The face of Pride is often white cisgender gay men, often forgetting the struggles of trans women of colour.
Black Pride was created as a counter-voice, the Dutch Naomie Pieter is one of the founders. It is a protest against anti-black, trans and queer violence, which is now mainly taking place in the Netherlands. They draw attention to the rights and emancipation of Black LGBTI people. Black Pride is this year from June 30 to July 2.
What can you do?
Speak out against discrimination and support the community. Donate to charities such as The Trevor Project, but also support individual LGBTI people to cover the costs of their gender operations, for example.
Pride March Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Together with Rotterdam Pride, you can make a statement on Friday, June 2 for equal rights and more acceptance of the LGBTIQA+ community in the Netherlands and worldwide! During a peaceful march through the city, we send out a signal: everyone deserves the freedom to be themselves!
Together let's show our pride and make our voices heard with banners, flags and an abundance of love. Join INCLUDED and invite friends, family and supporters to let the world know we're here.
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 The age limit for homosexuals was then 21 years old, while for heterosexuals it was 16 years old. Article 248-bis stated that an adult and a minor of the same sex could not be together. A 20-year-old and a 21-year-old would be punishable, while this did not apply to heterosexual couples.
 A cisgender person is someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth.
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Dominicus, W. (2020, July 2). Pride is Protest: why Pride Month is Still a Necessity in 2020. Jan. Retrieved on June 2, 2022, from https://www.jan-magazine.nl/lifestyle/a33019180/pride-maand-belangrijk-canal-parade/