Happy Pride Spinnup Fam!
Together with our artists and producers from the community, we celebrate you and raise the rainbow flag at Spinnup today (and every other day).
What does Pride actually mean?
Although happening around the world in different months, June for most of the LGBTQ + community and their allies is the month to celebrate diversity and queer history in a continued fight for equality. This can take the form of demos, parades and festivals etc. The term was explained in 2015 by L. Craig Shoonmaker:
“A lot of people were very repressed, they were conflicted internally, and didn’t know how to come out and be proud. That’s how the movement was most useful, because they thought, ‘Maybe I should be proud.” – L. Craig Schoonmaker
What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?
Lesbian – Female-identified people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other female-identified people.
Gay – Male-identified people who are attracted to male-identified people in a romantic, erotic and/or emotional sense. ‘Gay’ is also used to refer to the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole (as well as Queer), or as an individual identity label for anyone who does not identify as heterosexual.
Bisexual – A person emotionally, physically, and/or sexually attracted to males/men and females/women. This attraction does not have to be equally split between genders and there can be a preference for one gender over others.
Transgender – ‘Transgender’ is an umbrella term that describes those who have a gender that’s different from the sex assigned at birth: male, female, intersex or other. ‘Transsexual’ is a more specific term that fits under the transgender umbrella.
Queer – Once thought as a derogatory phrase, this reclaimed word is an umbrella term which embraces all sexual preferences, orientations gender identifications.
Intersexed – Intersex people are individuals who have a combination of what is culturally thought of as male and female anatomy or physiology. In short, an intersex person will have an anatomy or physiology that does not fit into the rigid definitions of male or female.
Agender – A term which can be literally translated as ‘without gender’. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity.
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Genderqueer (nonbinary) – Genderqueer is an umbrella term that refers both to non-binary gender identity (i.e. not sticking to just male or female presenting) and gender expression.
Asexual – A lack of sexual attraction to others, or low/absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.
Pansexual – Pansexuality is sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others.
Ally – Someone who actively confronts heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexual and genderstraight (referred to as cis) privilege in themselves and others with a genuine concern for the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people.
Other Important Terms
Coming Out – May refer to the process by which one accepts one’s own sexuality, gender identity, or status as an intersexed person (to “come out” to oneself). Also refers to the process by which one shares their sexuality, gender identity, or intersexed status with others (to “come out” to friends, etc.). This can be a continual, life-long process for some and should only ever be performed on that persons terms.
Gender Identity – A person’s sense of being masculine, feminine, or other gendered.
Sex – A medical term designating a certain combination of gonads, chromosomes, external gender organs, secondary sex characteristics and hormonal balances. Because usually subdivided into ‘male’ and ‘female’, this category does not recognise the existence of intersexed bodies.
Sex Identity – How a person identifies physically: female, male, in between, beyond, or neither.
Sexual Orientation – The desire for intimate emotional and/or sexual
relationships with people of the same gender/sex, another gender/sex, or multiple genders/sexes.
Trans – An abbreviation that is sometimes used to refer to a gender variant person. This use allows a person to state a gender variant identity without having to disclose hormonal or surgical status/intentions. This term is sometimes used to refer to the gender variant community as a whole.
Ze / Hir – Alternate pronouns that are gender neutral and preferred by some. Pronounced /zee/ and /here/ they replace “he”/”she” and “his”/”hers” respectively. Other gender neutral pronouns include They/Them/Their and Mx (instead of Mr and Mrs which is pronounced “mix”)
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Why is June Pride Month?
In June 1969 in New York City, police raided a popular gathering place for young gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people—arresting the employees and violently clearing the bar. After years of brutality and prejudice, the crowd fought back resulting some 400 people rioting for their rights. Termed as the Stonewall riots (also called the Stonewall uprising), these protests provided the spark that ignited the gay rights movement in the United States and the world.
Why is Pride still important today?
Although queer rights are more understood and appreciated today, there are still an overwhelming amount of countries (more than 70) where it is illegal to be gay. Discrimination happens on a daily basis. Please read these important statistics from Stonewall.
So on the one hand we celebrate what has been achieved so far, but we continue to make sure that exclusion is no longer an issue anywhere in the world. At Spinnup we are proud of our diverse artists and the great music our artists publish – regardless of gender, gender, origin, disability, age, wealth or skin color. Creators United – our initiative for cohesion, respect and mutual support is for you! Here is a great article giving you ways to show your support!
Global Pride 2020
This year, there is the Global Pride for the first time – a huge, 24-hour livestream event on YouTube and Facebook that celebrates diversity and color all around the world. Over 100 countries participate including one of our own artists LEOPOLD who used his track ‘Paradise‘ to showcase over 20 queer performers and allies from 6 different continents in the video. We’ve also put together a Spinnup playlist of our incredible LGBTQ+ artists. If you wanna feature, slide into our DM’s
Stay safe, keep fighting and be kind!