June is going to be here before we know it and that means PRIDE! Kicking off the summer with fun celebrations and meaningful events is the way to go, especially with the current state of the political environment surrounding LGBTQIA+ rights in America. PRIDE month is the celebration of the gay liberation movement as a result of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Until that point, except for in Illinois, homosexual acts were illegal across the country. The police raid on a gay bar in NYC began a major fortification of the movement towards changing those laws and creating a more accepting and equal America.
Did you know that according to History.com there were actually 7 significant uprisings prior to Stonewall in which the community pushed back against bigotry, hate and inequality? The article that was updated June 21, 2022 (at the time of this entry) can be found at https://www.history.com/news/lgbtq-uprisings-before-stonewall-riots and gives a brief synopsis of these events that were significant and impactful in the fight for equality.
We hope that however you choose to celebrate PRIDE month that you do get to embrace the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community and use it as a time to spread kindness, acceptance and cheer. We also suggest a major way to celebrate is to spend some time updating yourself and others on the current environment surrounding the continued fight for equality and find ways you can contribute to those efforts. If you don’t know where to start check out the article “27 Ideas to Thoughtfully Celebrate Pride Month (2023)” at https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/how-to-celebrate-pride-month. There are some amazing suggestions in that article that range from simply attending a PRIDE celebration to workplace enrichment, school projects, and much more. It is important to realize that we ALL can find something to help and it can be something easy and simple all the way to something major. It ALL helps (so don’t shy away just because you can’t do something HUGE, as it is said - the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step).
As an LGBTQIA+ owned brand we here at Skull and Bones are passionate about equality and it is at the forefront of everything we do as a company. Each year our PRIDE collections remind us of the beautiful community we are a part of and as we see the pieces out and about we are humbled and honored to be a part of raising awareness and helping with visibility. This year we have underwear, swimwear, and other garments to help celebrate. We created a stunning PRIDE plaid, a piece with a sparkling rainbow of crystals, a saturated and great pride rainbow stripe, a fun PRIDE tie dye and even a cute print with the bear pride colors and a little mascot to boot! Check it out on our website and hopefully you will find a piece or two that you can wear for your celebrations this year!
XOXOXO Rob & Vin