Happy Gay Pride Day!

Here at Zankyou, we are always in favour of love. And love is nothing other than giving and receiving without expecting anything in exchange. The only things that matter are that two people love one another, that they share life’s experiences and, above all, that they are happy. Who cares about anything else?

Every year, June 28th is Gay Pride Day . It’s an extremely special day, a huge celebration and an opportunity to stand up for the rights of the LGBT+ community. Today is a chance for every single person that supports this community to get their voice heard with a few simple objectives: To fight against hate. To tolerate. To evolve. To finally accept all types of love as natural.

This year, Madrid has been chosen as the home of this magnificent event and the celebrations, which started at the end of last week, will continue until next week. You do not want to miss out on the action!

But how much do you know about this day? Let us fill you in…

When did the celebration begin?

Let’s go back to the United States in 1969, where the political situation was extremely hostile. Society was focused on fighting against the Vietnam War, the hippie movement and the African-American civil rights movement, meaning that the government and security forces were dealing with continuous protests and were reacting with violence.

In the midst of this situation, the government adopted a hostile attitude towards the whole LGBT+ community which reached its culmination on the June 28th, 1969. On this day, the police organized a raid in the well-known pub The Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York , which was a regular meeting point for homosexuals.

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Frustrated and angry with the government’s discrimination against them, the members of the LGBT+ community decided to resist, causing the officials to completely lose control. This was the first time that this had ever happened. From this moment on, a huge number of gays and lesbians joined forces and started to openly protest until a strong community had been created. To pay homage to this pivotal moment in history, June 28th was chosen as the day for the world to celebrate the freedom to love whoever you choose with pride.

Why feel proud? Why does this merit a special day?

It is not unusual for heterosexual people to disapprove of this type of celebration. Their argument is nothing other than the fact that there is no special day for heterosexuals to demonstrate their pride of their sexual orientation. However, we must take into consideration the fact that the heterosexual community has never felt victimized because of who they choose to love. The heterosexual community has never suffered humiliation, harassment, rejection and violence because of their sexual orientation. The heterosexual community has never had to defend their right to be able to marry, to have children or to talk about their sexuality. Members of the heterosexual community have never been branded as ill because of who they love. So, why do they deserve a special day? Perhaps because we celebrate heterosexuality every day?

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Although the world has changed and evolved considerably, the LGBT+ community still suffers abuse and humiliation. Today, homosexual marriage is only allowed in 22 countries (out of almost 200), whilst some countries still use the death penalty as a punishment for being homosexual. Furthermore, members of the community continue to be victims of stereotypes that have reduced their sexuality to ridicule.

In darker periods of history, members of the community were imprisoned and killed, even in developed countries, simply for loving someone of the same sex. Mathematician Alan Turing, one of the pioneers of computing, was subjected to chemical castration for being gay, a procedure which reduced his sexual desires, limited his work and resulted in his suicide. And this is just one example.

Today, love is all around us, in all of its forms, in all of its stages, in all of its passions. We must celebrate it!

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So you really think they don’t deserve one day to defend their rights? You really think they don’t deserve to celebrate the progression that is being made? Oh please, come on!

Happy Gay Pride Day!

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