June 28th marks the celebration of international LGBT day.
In fact, the whole month of June is LGBT pride month – in 1995 June became LGBT History Month and in 1999 Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognise Pride Month.
The New York Pride Parade is one of the largest and well-known with an estimated 2 million people taking part.
The first pride march was held in New York City on the 28th June 1970 a year after the Stonewall Uprising.
The Stonewall Uprising took place on 28th June 1969 when police raided a gay club in New York City named The Stonewall Inn – this lead to a riot as the police roughly threw people and employees out of the bar. This was followed by six days of protests and violent confrontations. As a result, the international gay rights movement was born.
Nowadays International LGBT Pride Day is celebrated with colourful parades, rainbow flags, concerts and cultural events.
The most well-known celebration in Europe is in Madrid with over a million people attending each year.
LGBT = Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Transgénero
Parade = desfile
Take part = participar
March = marcha (manifestación)
Riot = disturbio
Throw (someone) out = echar
Violent confrontations = enfrentamientos violentos
International gay rights movement = movimiento internacional de derechos gay
Flags = banderas