Pride Month History

Throughout the month of June, people around the U.S. — and a number of other countries — celebrate Pride Month every year, in honor of the LGBTQ+ community, and in commemoration of an important historical event.

According to the Library of Congress, Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, aka the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall Riots began at around 2 a.m. on June 28, 1969, when police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

As cops began arresting several bar-goers that night, those who had evacuated decided they could no longer stay silent. They began protesting the cops actions from outside the bar; the police grew violent, and the raid soon became a riot between the police and NYC’s LGBTQ+ community.

This raid led to a six-day series of protests outside of the Stonewall Inn and throughout the Village.

Many people see the Stonewall Riots and protests as the event that launched the gay rights movement.

Transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson was one of the most prominent protestors “on the front lines” during the Stonewall Uprising.

 

On June 28, 1970, the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, activists in New York City held the very first Christopher Street Liberation Day March, which is known today as the Pride March

Since then, the Pride movement has grown every year, with more and more cities and countries around the world hosting their own Pride Marches throughout the month of June.

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