Every year in June, we fly the rainbow pride flag on Ravelry. June is LGBT Pride Month and it is a time when people all over the world celebrate diversity and community and stand together against hate and bigotry. Pride happens in June in remembrance of the Stonewall riots, which began on June 28th, 1969. After a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, transgender women of color led an uprising to fight back against the police brutality that the LGBTQ community was, and still is, experiencing. These riots were the spark that began the modern LGBTQ rights movement. On Ravelry, we usually hoist the flag around the June 28th anniversary and keep it up into July.
We fly the flag in solidarity with LGBTQI+ Ravelers, to celebrate diversity of gender and sexuality, to state that we stand against hate, bigotry and discrimination, and as a reminder that so many in our community are suffering.
The yarn community would be absolutely impoverished without LGBTQI+ knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, designers, dyers, yarnies, educators, writers, publishers, and shop owners. We who love this craft need to stand against hate and work and advocate for inclusion and equality. Not only in our yarn world, but locally, nationally, and globally as well.