Stockholm Pride Week

Stockholm Pride Week

We’re getting ready to celebrate Stockholm Pride which starts on Monday, the 2nd of August. We want to highlight this important event on our platform and support the LGBTQ community in all the ways we can.

Stockholm Pride was first held in 1998 and we are proud to say it is the largest Pride festival in the Nordics. The organisation works to strengthen the living situation and rights of LGBTQ people. Stockholm Pride is part of the global movement which was sparked by the Stonewall riots in 1969 when a gay club in New York was raided by the police which made lesbians, gays and transgender people unite in protests.

The Pride flag will add colour to our beautiful city next week and we want to take a closer look at its history and symbolism!

The first Pride flag was created by the artist and activist Gilbert Baker in 1978 who saw the rainbow as a natural flag in the sky and created a striped flag from its 8 colours. The hot pink was for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit. Shortly after the debut of the flag, Baker realised the flag was difficult to mass-produce and it was therefore simplified to the Pride flag we know today. The indigo was replaced by a basic blue and the hot pink and turquoise stripes were removed.

Collage of Gilbert Baker and the original pride flag.

Lately new versions of the flag have been created with more colours. For example, the city of Philadelphia created a flag in 2017 with black for diversity and brown for inclusivity in addition to the six traditional colours.

Check out our interview with the wonderful Lisa Stephen Friday from June’s #SwedishStockingsPeople Journal post, HERE, and our view on rainbow washing HERE.

Happy Pride!

The Swedish Stockings Team

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