50 years on from the Stonewall Uprising it's time for our Pride Jubilee
Pride in London, the organiser of the UK’s biggest Pride event, has announced the official theme for 2019: #PrideJubilee.
The theme is designed to look back over the last 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising; the night that started a global movement. On 28th June 1969, members of the LGBT+ community at the Stonewall Inn rose up against continued oppression, triggering a series of events that gave rise to the modern day Pride movement. The #PrideJubilee marks 50 years of activism, protests and victories that have made Pride what it is today.
To mark the global anniversary, for the first time in its history Pride in London is launching an online call for the community to highlight the moments that have defined the Pride movement. From the infamous shotglass thrown by Marsha P Johnson on the night of the Stonewall riots, through to the scrapping of Section 28 and the iconic speeches on marriage rights by Panti Bliss, Pride in London wants to honour the moments in the past that have paved the way for LGBT+ rights in the present.
With key issues like LGBT+ education and the death penalty in Brunei now part of daily headlines, the need for visibility at Pride is stronger than ever. The #PrideJubilee will unite everyone for much needed reflection and reference, flying the flag for all the moments and the people that have gotten us this far, while we stay focussed on how far we still have to go.
In recent years, Pride in London has been supported by companies and volunteers who help keep the event in the capital free for everyone to attend. While these groups only make up a small percentage of all people participating, #PrideJubilee is asking companies to look back through their archives to the people and moments that pushed boundaries and made it acceptable for brands to proudly fly the rainbow flag.
Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History and Convenor, Queer History MA at Goldsmiths University, said: “I'm delighted that #PrideJubilee looks back at our history and honours the LGBTQ activists and changemakers that have driven the movement forward - they offer us crucial examples for the future. We are reminded every day that the great strides in equality that some of us enjoy today are not experienced by everyone in our community. Past battles have been hard won, but they are not over and we have much to learn from our LGBTQ forebears. Our history is too important to leave in the past.”
Alison Camps, Co-Chair of Pride in London, added: “At Pride in London last year, and with the constant and senseless attacks on the trans community since then, we’re seeing that Pride Matters more than ever. For our part, we’re working hard to learn from what happened to ensure there is no repeat of the transphobic hate that was spewed at our event last year, so that Pride is a welcoming and safe space for every single person in the community who shares our values of inclusivity and respect.
“50 years on from the Stonewall Riots, we all need to take stock of how far we have come and how far we still have to go. We at Pride in London want to mark this unique milestone by recognising and celebrating the people - some of whom lost their lives simply for being who they are - and the moments in our shared history that have made us what we are today. That’s what the #PrideJubilee is about.”
As well as seeking nominations for the LGBT+ community’s defining moments, Pride in London is also encouraging local artists, venues and organisations to submit event proposals for the month-long Pride Festival. Proposals will be welcomed that focus on offering a glimpse into the history of the movement, as well as those looking to the future.