June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, and it’s a time to discuss and acknowledge the LGBTQ+ community.

In North America, the LGBTQ+ community has achieved remarkable progress since the 1960s. In recent years, historic Supreme Court rulings have struck down regressive laws, affirmed the right to marriage equality, and secured workplace protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in almost all regions and territories.

The first Pride March was held on June 28, 1970, in New York City, on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Pride gatherings are rooted in the complex history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and to be accepted for who they are. The main reason why Pride matters is because everybody should feel comfortable and safe being themselves wherever they are, no matter their background.

This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ+ communities have strengthened our society by using talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. At SEGI.TV, we acknowledge that celebrating Pride is essential for showcasing diversity even within the LGBTQ+ community.

Once just dubbed Gay or Queer, the term is now extended to LGBTQIA (LGBTQ+), to include queer, intersex and asexual groups. Queer is an umbrella term for non-straight people; intersex refers to those whose sex is not clearly defined because of genetic, hormonal or biological differences; and asexual describes those who don’t experience sexual attraction. These terms may also include gender-fluid people or those whose gender identity shifts over time or depending on the situation.

The rainbow flag has a bigger meaning than colourful happiness – it represents the struggle and perseverance of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 1978, artist and designer Gilbert Baker was commissioned by San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk – one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US to make a flag for the city’s upcoming Pride celebrations Baker, a prominent gay rights activist, gave a nod to the stripes of the American flag but drew inspiration from the rainbow to reflect the many groups within the gay community. The rainbow flag has a bigger meaning than colourful happiness – it represents the struggle and perseverance of the LGBTQ+ community.

This Pride Month, SEGI.TV recognizes the valuable contributions of countless LGBTQ+ individuals, and we send heartfelt shout-outs to the LGBTQ+ community in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.

Celebrating and living Pride shows individuals that there is a community for them and instills hope and confidence for a better and safer future.