“The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Gay Pride Month is June tell them ‘A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.’” – Brenda Howard Brenda Howard is regarded as “Mother of Pride.” She was instrumental in organizing the primary ever Pride marches. This march became an important part of the fight for acceptance. Brenda was also one among the few activists to specialise in rights for those that identified as bisexual or polyamorous. Two groups that are often underrepresented in LGBTQ activism. Imagine having a secret, a secret which is so terrible that if you were to reveal it, your family, friends, neighbours and society would reject you. You will be treated as a diseases. What if you could tell them this secret? Would they judge you, would they reject you, would they abandon you? What if people heard your secret and still accepted you as a normal human being, they respect you for who you are ignoring this secret. People are still fighting for this. They are fighting for their rights. Millions of Homosexual people in India fight over section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, because of the difference between the 2 worlds. It is a fight to be recognised as normal as other fights. The fight is to be allowed to Live and Love without anyone watching and judging. LGBT refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Refers to the broad combination of group if people who are diverse with respect to gender, sexual orientation, race and socioeconomic status. Members of the LGBTQ+ community often face hate crimes, and sexual abuse was one among the foremost commonly reported hate crimes by LGBTQ+ individuals, consistent with studies collected by the National Sexual Violence Resource centre. Members of the LGBTQ+ community also are more likely to experience hardships that make them more susceptible to violence, including drug abuse, homelessness, and poverty. Black Trans women especially face violence at disproportionate rates thanks to intersecting racial prejudice, sexism, and Trans phobia, consistent with the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review. Almost half all transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, and these rates are even higher for trans people of colour and people who have done sex work, been homeless, or have (or had) a disability. “I AM PROUD OF YOU EVERYDAY BUT I AM EXTRA PROUD THIS MONTH” The month of June is celebrated as PRIDE MONTH. It is to uplift the LGBT voices, celebrate their culture and support their rights. It is a fight for the recognition of basic human rights for all LGBT people all around the world. Throughout the month of June, nationwide, there have traditionally been parades, protests, drag performances, live theatre and memorials and celebrations of life for members of the community who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. Let’s get together to celebrate their culture, uplift the voices and give them strength to face the world.


Sanjana. R. Deshpande

BA, LL.B 2nd Semester


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