Several people in the UK have been diagnosed with a rare infection called monkeypox. While monkeypox can affect anyone, the risk to the UK population remains low. People are advised to stay alert to new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. Most recent cases have been in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. These groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms. If you have symptoms of monkepox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.
June is Pride month - a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world. This year, Pride is having a special celebration as it is 50 years old!
Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people, education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
A huge amount of progress has been made in the fight against HIV, it is one of the biggest successes of modern medicine – transforming an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence to a manageable long-term condition.
However, Pride is also about looking forward to what is left to do. It isn’t just about rainbows, parties, and concerts, it is a time to take meaningful action for and with the LGBT+ community and reflect on what more can be done to help those who need it most. It also calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be.
Pride is celebrated in the month of June, as that was the month when the Stonewall riots took place.
On the 28th June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, New York, which resulted in rioting. Among the riot leaders there was a black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson, who helped lead the movement over six days with protests and clashes. The protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT+ people.
Pride month is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there's still work to be done. Therefore, there will usually be colourful parades, concerts, marches, parties, workshops, fundraising events and more. Visit the UKs pride calendar here, or for fundraising events near you visit the Terrance Higgins Trust.
Commemorations and memorials will also be held for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS.