Proud & Loud with Paytm Insider 💪 Celebrating inclusivity & love 💌

Proud & Loud with Paytm Insider 💪 Celebrating inclusivity & love 💌

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It’s important to recognize and uplift LGBTQ+ voices all through the year. Pride Month is all about giving the community a chance to be Proud & Loud while they learn and love more!

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Throughout the month, the LGBTQ community and its allies get together for parades, marches and other such events around the world. While it's a celebration, Pride Month is also a time to reflect on the history of the movement and remember what it stands for.

What Is Pride Month?

Before Pride Month, there was Gay Pride Day, which was first celebrated on June 28, 1970. Over the years, the day turned into an entire month of celebrations and remembrances and so Pride Month was born.

June 28 marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, also called the Stonewall Riots.

During the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. In the days that followed, crowds gathered at the Stonewall Inn in protest, leading to violence and riots.

The rebellion lasted for six days, resulting in increased awareness around LGBTQ issues, along with the creation of advocacy groups to help fight inequalities and discrimination towards the community.

What is Proud & Loud?

One of the biggest, most prevalent struggles in the LGBTQ+ community is coming to terms with your own sexuality and then further dealing with the stigma and judgement surrounding it.

Paytm Insider has always been an LGBTQ+ friendly space that has tried its best to align its work with this value. The “Proud & Loud” initiative is just one way to extend its allyship and create an equal space for everyone. Through this initiative we are extending this space and creating an atmosphere where you can truly be yourself, without judgement.

Simply put, Proud & Loud is a celebration of inclusivity and love.

What Happened During Proud & Loud ?

While Pride month is celebrated every year with bright colours, flags and impactful messages around the world, it is also important to put this same compassion into action. Paytm Insider has always been an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and we want you to join in! We will be making our spaces more LGBTQ+ friendly, and some of these initiatives will be exclusive to celebrating Pride Month and some will stay around for a long long time!

1. Pronouns are important!

It is important to use the right pronouns while interacting with other people. Knowing and using a person’s correct pronouns fosters inclusion, makes people feel respected and affirms their gender identity. Wouldn't it be so much easier if everyone could know what your pronouns are? What better way than to wear sticker tags that clearly say she/her or he/him or they/them? But we know that sometimes you may not identify with any of those labels either, so feel free to add your pronouns! How? Pick up a sticker and write down your pronouns at any event, 'cause the stickers are blank, which means you can write what you identify with!

2. Zines, Zines, Zines

Zines have long been such an expressive medium for the LGBTQ+ community and they play such a huge role in expressing their identities, stories and experiences. Just like LGBTQ+ shows, zines are a great form of expression. What better way to create an expressive space than to incorporate the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community into a lovely little zine? We have had stations where you can drop by and create a zine about your story and identity! This was an open, safe and expressive space for you to tell your story the way you want to.

Easter Eggs to look for!

While you’re out and about enjoying the experience, here are some fun things you can look out for. Because, there’s going to be love everywhere!

1. Love Bites

And no, we don’t mean that kind! Spot these little treats to energise you when you feel like you’re a little low on energy. Basically, look out for some colourful candy that you can’t get enough of.

2. Wristbands

What’s an event without wristbands? Take a look at the cute ‘lil wristbands just as you enter and appreciate the aesthetic appeal! Maybe take a few pictures with your friends and make a whole activity out of it.

What matters this Pride Month is YOU, the LGBTQ+ community. So, Happy Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈 See you soon!

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