We should be reflecting on the history of Pride this June, Doncaster drag queen says

June is Pride month but coronavirus has meant many celebrations have been postponed or cancelled so now a Doncaster drag queen is encouraging others to take this time to learn the important history of the LGBTQIA+ community.

By Laura Andrew
Thursday, 4th June 2020, 7:52 am
Updated Thursday, 4th June 2020, 8:46 am

Pride was started by a black transgender woman in 1969 at the Stonewall Riots but this fact is not often acknowledged according to Eboni Whyte, a drag queen who is part of the drag group Fluidity.

“Yes our rights are better than they were decades ago but there are still so many issues to work on.

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Drag group Fluidity - of which Ebony Wyte is a part of.

“Even within the LGBT community, we have issues with how we treat transgender people and people from minorities.”

She said: “I’m seeing people in the LGBT community pulling down the rioters and looters in America at the moment but they seem to be forgetting how we got our rights.

“I don’t agree with the violence, it’s horrible, but I understand the anger and how it’s gotten to this point.”

Eboni says that race is a topic that has been brought up time and time again within the LGBTQIA+ community and that the conversation is moving in the right direction.

“LGBT representation usually means a white gay man and very little else,” she continued.

“A few years ago the Pride flag included brown and black stripes because minorities do feel looked over - but there was such controversy over it people came back with ‘where is the white strip?’”

She said: “It might make people uncomfortable to talk about race but now is the time for action.

“We need people to be anti-racist and to stand up for their friends and family who are minorities.”

Eboni encourages others to reflect on where Pride comes from and to educate themselves on the history through online research and by visiting the Stonewall charity website here.

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