Hopefully you all saw Victoria’s piece about PRIDE MONTH and how EXCITED WE ARE to celebrate this very important month! But WHY is it so important? WELL, you gotta know your history! It’s easy to get lost in the glitter and fun of Pride and forget that Pride is SO MUCH MORE than a parade. It’s a chance to educate and commemorate LGBT heritage!
Have you ever heard of the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan? They were basically the SPARK for the LGBT civil rights movement in the United States! Here’s the snapshot version Here’s what you need to know
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, a group of gay customers at a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, who had grown angry at the harassment by police, took a stand and a riot broke out. As word spread throughout the city about the demonstration, the customers of the inn were soon joined by other gay men and women who started throwing objects at the policemen, shouting “gay power.” Police reinforcements arrived and beat the crowd away, but the next night, the crowd returned, even larger than the night before, with numbers reaching over 1,000. For hours, protesters rioted outside the Stonewall Inn until the police sent a riot-control squad to disperse the crowd.
On the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the first gay pride parades in U.S. history took place! The riots INSPIRED LGBT people throughout the country to organize in support of gay rights, and within two years after the riots, gay rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the United States!
Talk about a call to arms, am I right?! WOWZAH I love history! Gotta know it, or be doomed to repeat it!
How will you be celebrating PRIDE this year?! LMK!
XO – Adi