Capture pride and joy.
Every June, LGBTQ+ people in the United States observe Pride Month as a reminder of the struggle for acceptance and a celebration of the freedom to express themselves. Pride photography distills that spirit into images that tell stories and evoke powerful emotions, whether they’re commissioned portraits or candid shots snapped at a Pride event.
“Not only is it visual history, but it also builds empathy,” says photographer Bronson Farr. The joy of being authentic should shine through with pride photos while also highlighting the life and love of people in a historically marginalized group.
“It’s all about showing that bond we’re capable of,” says photographer Rob Woodcox. “And giving our community a moment to shine.”
The origins of Pride Month.
Pride traces its roots back to the gay rights movement of the 1960s. It commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City — a galvanizing moment in the fight for equality. Police raided popular Greenwich Village bar the Stonewall Inn — a landmark place of refuge for the LGBTQ+ community — and arrested the staff for serving liquor without a license. The sweep caused a public uproar, where hundreds of people protested against the treatment of the bar’s patrons.
In response, there was a march to honor the original demonstration set for June 28, 1970. It was originally named the Christopher Street Liberation Day March as a nod to the epicenter of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City, where the procession started. Similar events happened all over the country. A day before the New York City march, LGBTQ+ people in Chicago held the first march dedicated to the events of Stonewall as the climax to their cities’ weeklong events of remembrance. Public demonstrations advocating for equality for the gay community also occurred in Los Angeles, as well as a “Gay In” in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park.
These events sparked a larger movement for equality. The term gay pride came about during the time of these first melancholy one-day marches, before they transformed over the years into the joyous month-long event that has become an international celebration of diversity and individual freedom.