June is Pride Month when the world’s LGBTQ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride month is a monthlong celebration from the 1st of June to the 30th.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, that attract millions of participants around the world to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had on the world.
Pride events welcome anyone who feels like their sexual identity falls outside the mainstream — although many straight people join in, too. LGBTQ is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQIA, to include 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.