Pride month is celebrated each year to honour the Stonewall Uprising which occurred in Manhattan in 1969. There are many ways to celebrate Pride month, and one of the easiest is through clothing. Show your support by following these simple clothing hacks.
- Wear Pride colours
- Follow the rainbow
- Make a statement
- Add some glitter
- Buy from LGBTIQ+ stores
- Or brands that support LGBTIQ+ organisations
Wear pride colours
Pride is a colourful celebration and there are many different flags that represent the different LGBTIQ+ groups. The traditional rainbow flag, consisting of the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker. He wanted to design a symbol for the movement that would last, and took inspiration from movements, such as the civil rights movement, to create something bold, bright, and timeless. Now, there are bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, lesbian, and asexual flags, just to name a few. Show your Pride support by wearing any of the colours, or all of them, of these flags.
Follow the rainbow
The rainbow has become synonymous with the LGBTIQ+ community because of its connection to their original flag, often named the rainbow flag. During Pride month it’s not unlikely to see clothing, shoes, and badges featuring the rainbow flag, in support of the celebrated month. Wear a rainbow throughout the month of June, no matter how small, to show your allyship to the LGBTIQ+ movement.
Make a statement
Pride month isn’t just about wearing bright colours and celebrating, it’s about making a statement and bringing attention to the LGBTIQ+ community. Another way to celebrate Pride via clothing is to wear a statement T-shirt or jumper. You can find many different slogans, from ‘Love is Love’, to ‘Trans Rights are Human Rights’, you simply have to search for the one that expresses most accurately what you want to say.
Add some glitter
Glitter is heavily tied to LGBTIQ+ culture, particularly the world of drag. You won’t be able to walk through a Pride parade without coming out COVERED in the stuff. Have no fear though, glitter is a fun addition to any Pride celebration outfit. Whether you wear it on your face, your outfit, or in your hair, glitter can elevate your look to the next level, whilst showing support for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Buy from LGBTIQ+ stores
One of the best ways to celebrate Pride month through clothing is by buying from LGBTIQ+ stores. Buying from an LBGTIQ+ store is a great way to support an independent business, and show your support and allyship to the community. In addition to this, many LGBTIQ+ businesses donate part of their profits to LGBTIQ+ charities and organsiations.
Or brands that support LGBTIQ+ organisations
You will notice around Pride month that many brands will use LGBTIQ+ colours and pledge support to the LGBTIQ+ community. Whilst this is useful at bringing attention to the community, it is not always done for the right reasons. Before buying from a company that is not run by members of the LGBTIQ+ community but pledges support to them, do a bit of research. Find out whether they truly are allys, or are simply using the month as a marketing ploy.
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