Gay Pride has become a huge worldwide celebration of the LGBTQ community that takes place usually in the month of June. The festivals and pride is the positive attitude against discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ people to promote their own beliefs, dignity, equality rights and increase their visibility as a group in society. Building a community is very important to them in order to be respected, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and societal stigma, is the predominant outlook that reinforces most LGBTQ rights movements throughout the world. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage.
History Of Gay Pride
Most pride events occur annually in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a crucial moment in modern social movements. The Stonewall riots occurred in the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village,New York on the 27th of June 1969. As a result to counteract the demonstrations against LGBTQ rights the gay pride festivals began.
At the time, it was common in all of the United States for police to raid gay and lesbian bars. While they claimed they were looking for liquor law or other violations, patrons were arrested and dragged off to jail with no legitimate charges. Often the names of those arrested were published in the papers which resulted in many of those people were fired from their jobs.
In 1969 bars were about the only places gays and lesbians could gather in public. Most times, when the police would raid a bar, the gay and lesbian clientele would try to slip out the back or cower in the corners.
The Stonewall Riots
As already mentioned on the night of June 27th, 1969 something different happened. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, they meet something they weren’t expecting, the lesbians, gays and drag queens fought back. The bar patrons threw bottles and rocks at the police. They chanted, “Gay Power!” For several nights crowds grew outside the Stonewall Inn in support of the protests and bravery.
Word quickly spread around the United States about the gay people who fought back against the police. The event became known as the Stonewall Rebellion or Stonewall Riots. Although there was a small gay rights movement around the country prior to Stonewall, after 1969 the movement changed.
The 1960s was a time of revolution. The Civil Rights Movement was in also in full swing and people had taken to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam.It was only a matter of time before lesbians and gays stood up for their right too.
Ever since, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and questioning people celebrate pride and call for basic civil rights by commemorating Stonewall. In New York City they march on the last Saturday in June. Across the US and all over the world, gays and lesbians remember the brave men and women of Stonewall every June in Gay Pride celebrations.
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