History Of Pride: LGBT History Month
The history of Pride. When did it all begin and why?
The Stonewall Riots were the catalyst, for Pride and the modern-day LGBT rights movement.
“Five months after the riots, activists Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Brody and Linda Rhodes proposed a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) in Philadelphia that a march be held in New York City to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the raid.
Their proposal was for an annual march on the last Saturday in June with ‘no dress or age regulations’.
This was a drastic change from the current methods used by LGBT activists who would host walks and vigils in silence with a required dress code: men in jackets and ties and women in dresses.” taken from History.com
When Was The First Gay Pride
On June 28th 1970, the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the first Gay Pride parade set off from the Stonewall Inn in New York. It was named the Christopher Street Liberation Day March.
Unlike the Pride of today, there were no floats, loud music blasted in the streets or scantily clad dancers. This was a “political statement and a test.”
The march started with a few hundred people in front of the Stonewall Inn.
The procession moved towards Central Park and as it did, it grew.
Thousands of people stretched 15 blocks (three quarters of a mile) at its longest, as reported by The New York Times.
Gay prides were organised in other cities for the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
In 1972 the first UK Pride was held in London, attracting approximately 2,000 participants.
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