PRIDE MONTH STORY

HISTORY OF PRIDE MONTH STORY

On a hot summer’s night in New York City on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, prompting riots among bars, staff and neighborhood residents on Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was a black, trans and bisexual woman, Marsha P. Johnson, who led the movement to continue for six days with protests and clashes. The message was clear: the protesters demanded the creation of places where LGBT+ people could go and speak openly about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.

Pride mother is larger credited

Pride month is widely credited with being started by bisexual activist Brenda Howard. Known as ‘The Mother of Pride’, Brenda organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade a year after the Stonewall Riots. This eventually morphed into what we now know as the New York City Pride March and was the catalyst for the formation of similar parades and marches around the world.

Speaking of the rainbow flag

Speaking of the rainbow flag, it was actually gay politician Harvey Milk who asked talented designer friend Gilbert Baker to design a global symbol to take to the San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978. Sadly, Harvey Milk was murdered along with Mayor George. Moscone on November 23, 1978, at San Francisco City Hall by Dan White, a disgruntled former supervisor who was angry with Milk for lobbying against his reappointment to the Supervisory Board.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999 and 2000. Then, from 2009 to 2016, Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month. In May 2019, Donald Trump recognized Pride Month with a tweet announcing that his administration had launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality, although critics noted that actions speak louder than words.

The New York Pride Parade is one of the largest and best-known parades to take place, with over 2 million people reportedly taking part in 2019.

TIMELINES
  • First LGBT organization- 1946 The Dutch Cultural Center uses a vague name to hide its then-forbidden purpose.
  • Stonewall riots- The NYPD raids the Stonewall Hotel, sparking the Stonewall Riots 28 june 1969.
  • First official pride parade- Organized by pioneering transgender activist Brenda Howard and a committee she assembled, the parade is a march of supporters from Greenwich Village to Central Park 28 JUNE 1970.
  • The Rainbow Flag Flies High- Gilbert Baker’s original design of the rainbow gay pride flag is flown at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade 25 JUNE 1978.
  • Same Sex Marriage Rights
  • The U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 U.S. states 26 JUNE 2015.

Pride Month is for everyone to embrace who they are and let the world know — in style! The rainbow aptly signifies the colorful activities and flavors of this month-long celebration. These include massive rallies, pride parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and countless more LGBTQ+ events to attract participants from all over. The Pride community takes huge pride in their movement, going all out for the festivities with elaborate costumes, makeup, and, of course, glitter — so that they sparkle for the whole world to see! 

Commemorations and memorials are also held for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. Campaigns and rallies aim to promote and preserve the history and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

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