The beginning of June marks the start of LGBTQIA+ Pride month in the UK and in many nations across the world. Pride month is an opportunity to celebrate the queer community, consider the positive changes that have been made, and think about the changes that still need to be made. Here is an overview of LGBT+ related news that is relevant to 2022 Pride:
The UK’s first pride protest march was in London in 1972. A commemorative 50 pence coin will be minted to mark 50 years of the Pride movement in the UK. The coin will feature five rainbows and the colours of the Pride progression flag. It was created in collaboration with the Royal Mint and Pride in London, and it will be engraved with their values.These are Unity, Equality, Visibility, and Protest. The 50 pence will not enter circulation, but it will be available online. As a part of the launch, a donation will be made to London LGBT Community Pride.
Jerusalem has hosted its annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. More than 7,000 people have taken to the streets to participate in the Pride event that marks the 20-year anniversary of the city’s LGBT march. This took place despite intimidation and pushback from ultra-Orthodox religious people in the Holy City. Organizers had received death threats on social media, dozens of protesters lined the route, and nearly 2,500 members of the police force were deployed to protect marchers.
US officials at the Kuwait Embassy posted a message for Pride Month accompanied by a rainbow flag on their social media account. It sparked a backlash from officials in Kuwait who criticised the US embassy for "supporting homosexuality." Kuwait is socially conservative. It is still illegal for men to be gay, and rights for LGBT+ people are limited. Gay men can be punished by up to seven years in prison. The Foreign Ministry has ordered the embassy to not publish similar tweets again and has asked the embassy to respect the law. The US State Department responded that they ‘proudly advance efforts around the globe to protect all individuals, including LGBTQI+ people, from violence and abuse, including criminalisation’.
Jake Daniels is the first professional player in UK football for more than 30 years to come out while still playing. The 17-year-old footballer has been with Blackpool FC since he was seven and he has now been offered a professional contract. Earlier this month, he made his first-team debut. Pride Blackpool’s Paul Dewick Day called the forward ‘100% a role model for young people’. Day also hopes Daniels will encourage other players to come out and help with the stigma in sport surrounding being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
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