Friday, June 10, 2022

June is Pride month

Photo: Tri Trinh Photo: Tri Trinh

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) is proud to support and celebrate June as Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere.
“We believe in fairness and equality for all, those have always been hallmarks of the union movement,” said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. “We work tirelessly to make sure workers rights and human rights are upheld. We support Pride Month as it honours the hard-fought gains made by the 2SLGBTQ+ community.”
The NBU encourages its members to take part in parades, dances, festivals and other events sponsored by local charities and volunteer organizations during Pride Month.
In New Brunswick, organizations including Fierté Fredericton Pride and Saint John Pride hold events in August.
From Fierté Fredericton Pride website: Fierté Fredericton Pride do not believe that confining events and celebrations intended to celebrate gender and sexual diversity and promote liberation, visibility, representation, and community building to a single month is in the best interest of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Fierté Fredericton Pride offers programming for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals year-round, including June. We have also always been of the mind that the more opportunities to build community and engage with Pride, the better!
The origins of Pride Month can be traced back to a June weekend in New York City in 1969.
On the night of June 27 that year, a crowd gathered as usual at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village.
New York Beverage Control Board agents and city police officers raided the bar to enforce an alcohol control law that was seldom enforced anywhere else in the city. Raids on gay establishments, however, were common at the time.
The 2SLGBTQ+ community spontaneously fought back for the first time against police harassment. The crowd inside and outside the bar erupted in resistance as officers singled out patrons to load into waiting paddy wagons. More police reinforcements were called in as 2SLGBTQ+ people united in enraged confrontation. Word of the clash spread and crowds gathered on ensuing nights to protest the mistreatment historically inflicted on the community.
These protests came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion, and the uprising was the catalyst for the modern political movement for 2SLGBTQ+ liberation.
For more information on Pride events in the province go to www.conneqtnb.com