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Happy Pride Month Everyone!

Gay pride, or LGBT pride, is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals, a cable TV station, and the Pride Library.  Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month (i.e. June) or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country's LGBT history.  For example:   Moscow Pride is held in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Proudly, Canada is a world leader in declaring and ensuring rights for and acceptance of the LGBT community.  Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and festivals.  Common symbols of pride are the rainbow or pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle; these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps. The Halifax Pride Festival, held in July, is the fourth largest in Canada (after Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver).    Over the years Pride has come to mean acceptance and celebration of diversity.  Everyone can celebrate Pride!  Happy Pride to all.