On the occasion of Pride Month, Lufthansa is taking off with a very special aircraft to destinations throughout Europe. The Airbus A320neo with the registration D-AINY will become “Lovehansa” for the next six months.
The outside of the aircraft is painted with the word “Lovehansa” in the colors of the rainbow, symbolizing the pride flag. The welcome panel at the entrance has also a special rainbow design. In addition, when looking out of the aircraft window, hearts in rainbow colors can be seen on the winglets.
The first flight of the “Lovehansa” took off on Friday, June 10, with destination Billund in Denmark.
Lufthansa is a company that stands for openness, diversity and understanding. With the “Lovehansa” special livery, the company is sending another clear signal and making this important part of its corporate culture prominently and visible to the outside world.
About Pride Month
LGBTQ Pride Month, also called Gay Pride, is celebrated every June in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Pride Month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, as well as the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals.
Why is Pride Month celebrated in June? The event that fermented the LGBTQ+ rights movement came on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, New York City. That day, police raided the Stonewall Inn, resulting in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. Protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
An important figure that contributed to the recognition of Pride Month is bisexual activist Brenda Howard. One year after the stonewall Riots, Brenda organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, which later morphed into the current New York City Pride March. The New York City Pride March was held for the first time on June 28, 1970. Today, June 28 is recognized as Pride Day.
The first U.S. President to officially recognize Pride Month was Bill Clinton in 1999 and 2000. From 2009 to 2016, Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month. Then, in May 2019, Donald Trump also recognized Pride Month for the first time during his presidency.