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A Brief History of Pride

by Stay Safe, Kind & Connected Blog Team on 2020-06-23T16:44:19-07:00 | Comments

A Brief History of Pride


By Milo Rook

LGBTQIA Pride month is an annual event celebrating the LGBTQIA identity. Many different events take place during Pride: parades, gatherings, workshops, and more. June isn’t the only time we celebrate Pride; many places celebrate at different times depending on the community or the weather conditions. I used to live in Tucson, Arizona where we celebrated in October since summer days reached temperatures over 100 degrees!

There’s more to Pride than parades though. If you look at the foundation of the vibrant and exciting Pride celebrations seen every year, you will find the blood, sweat, and tears, as well as the fierce joy, of the community that struggled for equality every day of their lives.

The Stonewall Riots

Pride Month stems from the June 1969 police raids on the Stonewall Inn, an LGBTQIA club in Manhattan. At this time in history, police regularly raided LGBTQIA clubs as they were one of the few safe refuges that kept the prejudices of the world at bay.

The raid on the Stonewall Inn was different. Police arrested and beat patrons and employees and used violence to intimidate the community into silence and compliance. The community protested for 6 days after the raid and clashed with the police as they fought for their rights and fought to exist as their true selves.

The riots represent the early days of our constant fight for equal rights, for individual and community safety, and the celebration of the LGBTQIA identity and our resilience in the face of hate. Pride honors the groundwork laid by those involved in the uprising at Stonewall.

There is so much more to the history of Stonewall than we can cover in a single blog post. There is a documentary movie I’d recommend checking out called Before Stonewall. You can find it through our new digital service, Hoopla, for free!

So, What Now?

Now that you’ve learned a little about the history of Pride, what happens now? Even with shelter-in-place still in effect and the critical need to remain socially distanced at this time, we can do a lot. Meet with online groups to learn about the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate Pride on social media, or even share your own experiences with those around you.

Our next post about Pride will be out soon, but in the meantime tell us what you’re doing for Pride! Are you planning to celebrate in any way? Have you learned something new here that you didn’t know before? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook or Twitter pages! Be sure to tag your comments with #Pride and #ACLibrary!

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