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Actor Neha Dhupia Celebrates Pride Month With “Rainbows Everywhere”

On the last day of Pride Month, actor Neha Dhupia took to social media to lend her support to the LGBTQIA+ community in a fashionable way

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Actor Neha Dhupia Celebrates Pride Month With Rainbows Everywhere
Actor Neha Dhupia's "rainbow-outfits" give the message of "love is love"

New Delhi: Rainbow-coloured flags all around are the highlight of June, marked as Pride Month every year. On the last day of Pride Month, actor Neha Dhupia took to social media to lend her support to the LGBTQIA+ community in a rather eccentric way. Neha shared pictures from a photoshoot, in which she is seen wearing rainbow-coloured outfits, celebrating love, diversity and unity. She captioned them “rainbows everywhere” along with a rainbow emoticon, symbolising LGBTQ identity and pride.

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In the first look, Neha is seen wearing a graphic t-shirt with different faces printed on it along with a pride flag and the text “love is love”. She stands against a vibrant rainbow-painted wall.

In the second look, a rainbow saree, embodying the colors of the Pride flag, shines bright.

As reported by news agency ANI, speaking about the ensemble, Neha said,

I wanted to do a little something to celebrate love and pride. While this is not my lived experience, I have and always will support love above everything else. It truly should be love, rainbows and hearts everywhere. Love is a lifetime feeling and should continue being celebrated regardless of any time of the year and as Pride month comes to an end, I do hope everyone finds it in themselves to know that love is above all.

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June, marked as Pride Month commemorates the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community, in the fight for equal rights. It celebrates identities and allows people to come out and find their place and voice in a society.

The history of why June was chosen as Pride Month can be traced back to the Stonewall Uprising that took place in New York City in 1969. On June 28, 1969, police raided Stonewall Inn, the most popular gay bar in New York city, on the pretext of operating without a liquor license. The news of the Stonewall raid spread quickly throughout the city and by that evening (June 28), thousands of people including patrons of the Stonewall and other locals got involved and fought back the police brutality for six days.

The first Pride march was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

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