The History of Pride
So big gatherings might be off the cards this month, but there’s plenty of ways to celebrate and show your support for Pride Month! We usually recognise this annual event with vibrant street displays and rainbow flags held up high, but there’s a lot more to it than simply just celebrating (although that’s definitely a big part of it - and lots of fun too!).
Pride helps to raise awareness of the ongoing issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces in society. While things have been moving in the right direction in recent years, there’s still some way to go before we see true equality. Pride is all about encouraging people to come together to raise awareness and highlight that love is love, regardless of who we like to date!
The History of Pride Month
The month of June wasn’t selected at random. It commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which took place in New York during 1969. The story begins at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. Its regular patrons decided enough was enough on June 28th, 1969, and descended onto the streets with a riot.
The movement lasted around six days and by the end, it was very clear what the message was. Those in the LGBTQ+ community wanted safe places to go out and drink, without the fear of arrest if they happened to be open about their sexuality.
A year after the Stonewall Riots, bisexual activist Brenda Howard started up Gay Pride Week. This eventually transformed into the world-famous New York City Pride March, which has since inspired events across the world.
What does the beauty industry have to do with Pride?
A lot! Inclusive beauty is starting to become more common, yet many brands still have a very standardised way of marketing - which can leave many members of the LGBTQ+ feeling excluded. At Bubu, we want everyone to love the skin their in, regardless of any preferences they have. This is why we try to champion inclusivity in all forms and our whole ethos is to be yourself.
Five ways to celebrate Pride 2021
Pride might be a little different this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Here are just a few of our favourite ideas on how to celebrate and make the most of this year’s event.
Get your friends together for an outdoor party!
With small gatherings allowed outdoors this summer, why not invite a few of your friends around and have a mini-celebration at home? You could even do a themed buffet with rainbow foods and colourful cocktails!
Be an ally
Sometimes, making a difference just means being there for those who need your support. Whether they’re a close friend or family member, it’s important to learn and listen to those who may have experienced homophobia first-hand.
Join a virtual Pride event
There’s a ton of virtual Pride events taking place this year, which means you can join in on the celebrations in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re planning on dressing up or simply snuggling down in your PJ’s, you can guarantee you’ll have loads of fun. Many of the events feature performances from live DJs, music artists, and celebrities.
Enjoy a Pride movie night
From Milk to Moonlight, there are so many incredible LGBT films out there. If you don’t fancy a big night, then why not pop a face mask on and enjoy an evening of self-care in front of the TV?
Do a Pride inspired makeup look
If you’re feeling creative, have a go at creating your own Pride-inspired makeup look. You’ll find plenty of amazing looks online to give you some inspiration, all with plenty of rainbows and glitter. P.S. We’d love to see it!
How are you celebrating Pride this year? We’d love to know your plans! Let us know on our socials at @believeinbubu!