June may be known for a lot of things, but it is definitely the month of Pride. Specially, June is called Pride Month, the month to celebrate the LBGTQ community. Hip Hop artist, Iggy Azalea, took it upon herself to speak on the matter during her performance at a Pride event, her powerful message not only moved the crowd, but all people from around the globe
June was established as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots back on June 28th, 1969. It was on that day in history where the New York City raided Stonewall Inn, a gay club at the time located in Greenwich Village in New York City. This invasion sparked a protest along with violent acts by members of the LBGTQ community, which lasted a total of six days. As one may know, during the 1960’s (and even still to this day) people that fall in the category of LBGTQ were not accepted or welcomed so bars and clubs were there refuge to express themselves typically during the night. People celebrate Pride Month in June each year to remember the fight that started the gay moment in 1960, and to also celebrate other impacts that the LBGTQ community has done in this world.
On June 29th, the 29 year old rapper decided that she wanted to share to the world just how important it is to celebrate Pride Month. “To a lot of people, you guys are still invisible and you have to fight every day just to be who you are. That’s why we’ve gotta be here tonight because we gotta be loud as f---. This shows you exist and you are valid.” she said in the middle of her performance at Chicago’s Pride Event. Azelea then got personal, as she started talking about a young trans woman by the name of Michelle: “I see the struggle she (Michelle) goes through every day just to be herself just to walk out the door, the sh*t that I have the privilege to do every day.” She then dropped some shocking statistics on the crowd about the LGBTQ people, “50 percent of trans people have been raped or sexually assaulted. 41 percent of trans people have attempted suicide. 80 percent of trans students feel unsafe at school.”
Social media has been “geeking” over Azelea’s powerful speech; hopefully more important and powerful people like Iggy Azelea speak out about the importance of acceptance of people in the LBGTQ community in the future and during future Pride Month events!