Christopher Street Day which is also known as CSD is an annual celebration held every 28th of June as a way to give awareness and respect for the LGBT community. It is held in various countries and cities from all over the world.
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What is Christopher Street Day?
During this day, members of the LGBT community as well as those outside of it come together to show confidence and pride about being themselves. It is also a day when we emphasize acceptance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community so that they can become more visible to the society.
History of Christopher Street Day
We can trace back the celebration of the Christopher Street Day back on June 28, 1969 in the city of New York. This is a day when the members of the LGBT community fought back against the assault of policemen which occurred in the Stonewall Inn at Manhattan. This event is known as the Stonewall Rebellion or the Stonewall Riots. It marked the spontaneous demonstrations of the members of the LGBT community.
Unfortunately, most of these ended up in violence. The reason for these arrests is that back in those times, being an LGBT member is an illegal act. So what the authorities did was that they raided homosexual establishments regularly and imposed draconian measures to people who engaged in homosexual behavior. Even a simple act of showing homosexuality can lead to a person being imprisoned for several years and up.
In order to observe the Stonewall Riots, the Christopher Street West Association and the Christopher Street liberation which are located in the cities of Los Angeles and New York respectively started to celebrate the Christopher Street Day on June 28, 1970. They established some of the first gay pride parades in the history of the world.
These days, the Christopher Street Day is being celebrated continuously by people during the last Saturday of June in LA and New York. More and more countries adapted the celebration of this special day. For instance, Switzerland started to observe this in 1978. Meanwhile, Germany started to celebrate this in 1979.
When is Christopher Street Day?
Christopher Street Day is always held on the 28th of June each year. This means that this year, the day will be celebrated on June 28, 2019. And next year, people will celebrate it on June 28, 2020.
Celebration of Christopher Street Day
There are various ways on how people celebrate the Christopher Street Day. Here a During this day, members of the LGBT community as well as those outside of it come together to show confidence and pride about being themselves. It is also a day when we emphasize acceptance to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community so that they can become more visible to the society. Here some of them.
Of course, pride parades will always be present during the day. in many communities, parades which include floats are usually held. People walk in front or behind these floats. In addition, these floats are designed and structures so as to give symbols for the LGBT community.
It is also a very common tradition during parades for people to dress in a gender they believe to be a part of. For instance, gay men dress as women while women dress as men. Many people also participate in such parades by wearing other types of costumes.
The rainbow is the primary symbol of this special day. it is also the generic symbol of the LGBTQ+ community. Because of that, the symbols of rainbow can be seen around all day during this special day. Different websites can also display their colors in rainbow to show their participation in the event.
This day also marks various concerts being held to celebrate gay pride. People participate in these concerts to show their support to the LGBTQ+ community. Even straight people attend such concerts to show their support. Different kinds of concerts can be held in different kinds of places. You might want to participate in one not just to show your respect and support to the community but also to meet celebrities taking part in the advocacy.
On Social Media
The celebration is also rampant in social media. People show their participation in the event by sharing the hashtag #ChristopherStreetDay. You can show your friends and family your participation by using this hashtag.