The Origins of Pride Month


Nyla Williams


Pride Month is officially celebrated in June to honour lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Pride Month and its marches continue to encourage us to live up to a promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a way to remember the obstacles that the LGBTQ+ minority has overcome and to appreciate the accomplishments of those who have fought and continue to fight for total equality. Pride is a community celebration of awareness as well as a personal celebration of identity and pride. This Pride Month, we honor the valuable contribution of LGBTQ+ members all around the nation.

Since the late 1970s, the LGBTQ+ community in America has made amazing progress. In the past several years, the Supreme Court has granted the rights of marriage equality and as well as workplace rights for LGBTQ+ people in almost every state in the US. Members of the LGBTQ+ community now serve at almost every level of government, including city halls and state capitals, governors houses, and the congress halls. Pride month is now held in June to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Despite the fact that many states continue to deny LGBTQ+ people fundamental rights and privileges in hospitals, schools, and public areas, we still have come a long way since the “Christopher Street Liberation Day ”.

Ever since the start of the LGBTQ+ movement in the early 1970’s, thousands of autonomous Pride parades have sprung up in cities around the world, each distinctly local and generally linked in some way to the iconic Stonewall Riots in June. Initially, during both 1999 and 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June as “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.” Later, through President Barack Obama years in office he announced June LGBT Pride Month. After 50 years of Pride celebrations, these events have become so diverse that you can usually find a way to celebrate that feels appropriate for yourself and others, whether it’s the lively excitement of the NYC Pride march, or the huge crowds that visit World Pride in a different city each 2 years. Because of the Stonewall riots in the 1970s, pride has grown into what it is today. Pride month origins all started from the “Christopher Street Liberation Day ” in June 1970.

On June 28,1970, one of the first Pride Marches in America took place in Manhattan, New York City. The march was known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. Being homosexual was a big offense had been a popular view at the time, a method to challenge the belief that homosexuality was a sin, a disease, and a crime, and that gay people were inhuman. Members of the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations planned the first Pride march. The march began with a crowd of roughly a thousand people gathered in Sheridan Square. The crowd gradually expanded as it moved up Sixth Avenue. The march ended with a “Gay In” in Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Five decades after the groundbreaking “Christopher Street Liberation Day” march on June 28,1970, the annual NYC Pride March gathers millions of activists and observers.

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