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Pride Month 2023: A Guide to History, Festivals, and Activism

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Pride Month is a significant period for the LGBTQIA+ community—a time to unite, celebrate diverse identities, remember the rich history of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, and persistently advocate for equality.

What Makes Us Proud: Unraveling the Essence of LGBTQIA+ Pride

"Pride" in the context of the LGBTQIA+ community refers to a sense of self-respect and dignity stemming from one's LGBTQIA+ identity. It also represents the collective effort of this community in advocating for their rights and acceptance​.

Learn more about the true meaning of Pride and why it's celebrated from the Human Rights Campaign

From Riots to Rights: A Brief History of Pride Month

Pride Month is celebrated every June in memory of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. These riots were a series of spontaneous protests by the LGBTQIA+ community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar. The event marks a pivotal moment in the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, initiating a wave of liberation and pride marches that helped push for equality​.

Dive into the history of the Stonewall Riots on History.com and the Library of Congress, pivotal moments that gave birth to Pride Month. Explore these links to grasp the significance of these events.

Celebration: Diverse Ways to Participate in Pride

There are numerous ways to celebrate Pride, reflecting the diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community. Many attend Pride festivals—large-scale gatherings featuring parades, concerts, and more. Others engage in smaller, community-based events like potlucks, marches, or vigils. Still, for some, celebrating Pride is a personal act of living openly and proudly in their identities daily.

Global Gatherings: The Top Pride Festivals 

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Pride festivals take place worldwide during Pride Month. Here are some of the largest and most popular Pride festivals:

Beyond the Celebration: The Persistent Call for Activism in Pride Month

While Pride Month is undoubtedly a time for celebration, it also underscores the continued need for activism. The LGBTQIA+ community has made remarkable strides in the fight for equality, but the journey continues. Participation in Pride Month events and activities can help raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues and further the fight for equality. Engagement during Pride Month can take many forms. Here are a few ideas:

  • Attend a Pride festival.
  • Volunteer at a Pride event.
  • Donate to an LGBTQIA+ organization.
  • Educate yourself about LGBTQIA+ issues.
  • Engage in conversations about LGBTQIA+ rights with friends and family.
  • Stand up against discrimination.

Standing with Pride: How Hatch Supports the LGBTQ+ Community 

At Hatch, our core belief in the inherent dignity and respect of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, translates into unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. As we celebrate Pride Month, we are reminded of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Being the leading egg donation and surrogacy agency in the United States, with over 8,000 journeys completed, we've seen the transformative power of love and family​​.

Our team, comprised of former surrogates and parents through surrogacy and egg donation, is uniquely positioned to empathize with and understand our clients' experiences, reinforcing our dedication to dignity and respect for all​​. Being part of the Hatch community means being welcomed and loved. This Pride Month, we take pride not just in the LGBTQ+ community but also in the myriad families we've helped create—each unique and a testament to love and acceptance​.


Additional Resources for LGBTQ+ Community 

We offer in-person and virtual events throughout the year to provide resources and education about third-party reproduction. Get a chance to ask questions and learn from experienced parents, egg donors, and surrogates.

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