Each June, the streets of cities around the world fill up with feathers, leather, and rainbow flags for annual gay pride celebrations. In fact, the entire month is dedicated to celebrating sexual diversity. If you're planning to head to an event this weekend, here are four pieces of trivia you can bring up in conversation.
It's celebrated around the world. Half a million people attend the pride parades in Paris on June 27 each year, and the movement is spreading to religious countries like Italy and Israel. South Africa hosts the only gay pride parades in Africa.
It became more mainstream in the 1980s. In the 1980s the commemoration of the Stonewall riots became less radical and more organized in the US. Today, families and children come out to celebrate the positive message of self-acceptance in places like San Francisco and New York.
Bill Clinton made it official. Bill Clinton declared June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in the US. President Obama has since renamed it LGBT Pride Month, despite his reluctance to support gay marriage.