The history of Pride Month

Person holding Pride flag

June is Pride Month and the council is committed to sharing the importance of this month and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.   

Pride is celebrated in the month of June, as that was the month when the Stonewall riots took place.

The Stonewall riots were important protests that took place in 1969 in the USA, that changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and around the world.

The first Pride marches started the following year, on 28 June 1970, to commemorate the multiday riots, and these one-day celebrations eventually evolved into a full month.

The very first Pride march in the UK took place on 1 July 1972, when an estimated 1,000 people marched from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park.

Pride events in Sussex and Liverpool followed within the decade. London hosted EuroPride in 1992, where an estimated 100,000 people attended. Today, hundreds of thousands will attend a Pride event during the month itself or soon afterwards.

Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQIA+ people, education in LGBTQIA+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.

It also calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be.

In 2023, Bracknell Forest Council and The Lexicon hosted the borough’s first ever Bracknell Forest Pride. A second event was quickly commissioned and, for the first time ever, an accessible Pride march will take place in Bracknell town centre. 

You can find out more on our Bracknell Forest Pride page.