Today is the beginning of Pride Month in Canada.
Pride Month is celebrated in honour of the Stonewall Inn riots which took place in New York in June 1969. Born out of the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ2+ people, Pride is a global month of action and celebration, bringing together people from all walks of life under a shared rainbow of diversity and inclusion.
The colours of the original Pride flag with eight horizontal stripes was created in 1978. It was designed by Gilbert Baker, a drag queen who identified as gay. The colours include hot pink to symbolize sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit