On June 28th, 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Gay Bar in Greenwich Village, New York.
At the time, New York refused to grant licenses to bars that served gays, which allowed police to enter Stonewall with a warrant. They arrested 13 people.
This inspired some black transgender women to throw bricks at the cops which started six days of riots followed by the first LGBT demonstrations for gay rights in New York.
“A year after the uprising, to mark the anniversary on June 28, 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The anniversary of the riots was also commemorated in Chicago and similar marches were organized in other cities. Within a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the U.S. and the world. The Stonewall National Monument was established at the site in 2016.” — Wikipedia
In 1978 activist Harvey Milk requested the pride rainbow flag. Several versions of the rainbow have been used to represent gay pride since.
This original artwork by Lonn Holiday features the rainbow theme in a stone wall to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, ostensibly the start of the LGBTQ rights movement and the origin of Pride Parades around the world.
- Original art by Lonn Holiday
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“I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.”–Morgan Freeman