Pride Month is held in June each year to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and to commemorate the pioneers of the LGBTQIA+ movement. In particular, Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Uprising in New York in 1969 which catalysed the civil rights movement of LGBTQIA+ people. Protestors who were part of the Stonewall Uprising called for the establishment of safe places for people to be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
The first Pride march in New York City was held on 28 June 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The first Mardi Gras in Australia was held on 24 June 1978 as an addition to the morning demonstration to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The demonstration was met with police violence and brutality at a time when homosexuality was still a criminal offence in NSW.
The Bar Association is committed to supporting a Bar that reflects and is inclusive of the diverse composition of Australia’s society. The Bar Association’s LGBTQI Principles on Inclusiveness have been developed for the benefit of members and their Chambers/Floors.
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