Following rugby union's first pride match in February 2020, we continue our seasonal commitment to drive inclusion by hosting our second LGBTQ+ themed matchday in Pride month!
What is Pride Month?
Every June, the world celebrates the LGBTQ+ community to mark Pride Month. The month celebrates the significant progress that has made for LGBTQ+ people in the UK and around the globe in relation to equal rights, increased representation, and mainstream societal acceptance.
Pride month is also used as a platform for the community and it’s allies to campaign for and demand action against the discrimination and injustice experience by LGBTQ+ people in other areas of the world. In more than 70 countries, laws still exist that criminalise same-sex sexual activity and in 11 of those nations, the legislation supports the use of the death penalty.
When did Pride Month begin?
On 28 June 1969 in New York City, police officers raided one of the city’s most popular gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. What ensued is coined as the “Stonewall Riots”, which erupted
in protest of police brutality and oppression by club regulars. This uprising lasted many days and was supported by the many diverse identities of the LGBTQ+ community, including two trans women of colour and well-known activists, Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of this watershed event for the community, Brenda Howard and other notable campaigners organised a series of protest marches in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. From this point on, Pride Month was established and cities around the globe marked the significance of this important date by hosting their own parades, events, and carnivals to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture and activism.
How will Harlequins support Pride Month?
Following the Club’s inaugural LGBTQ+ Pride Game in February 2020 and the launch of professional rugby’s first LGBTQ+ Supporters’ Association earlier this year, Harlequins are set to host their second Pride Game on 12 June 2021 when they take on Newcastle Falcons.
Also, as part of their Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion education series, The Harlequins Foundation will deliver a virtual panel discussion on trans inclusion in rugby – details of this event will be shared later this month.