Richmond RCMP members are recognizing Pride month with a new video.
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Richmond RCMP recognizes Pride month
Published 1:30 PDT, Fri June 11, 2021
Richmond RCMP is recognizing Pride month, which is celebrated each June in communities worldwide.
To celebrate Pride month, Richmond RCMP has created a video called “What does Pride mean to you?” The video shows members and staff at the detachment who are either part of the LGBTQ2S+ community or an effective ally expressing their personal views about what Pride means to them.
The annual month of recognition honours the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, the result of a police raid that took place in the early morning at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar.
Pride month was started by Brenda Howard, who coordinated the first LGBTQ2S+ Pride march and the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events are held to recognize the influence LGBTQ2S+ people have had around the world.
This year, Pride month celebrations and events are being held online to observe physical distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, Pride month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the current state of LGBTQ2S+ human rights.
Pride month is significant now more than ever because of the rise of anti-Transgender rights bills and the Anti-Asian hate rhetoric affecting racially marginalized groups in the community. The pandemic has had serious implications for the mental health and well-being of the LGBTQ2S+ community.