the history of pride

Celebrating Marsha P. Johnson, Slyvia Rivera, and the patrons of the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969.

The Stonewall Riots in New York, on the 28 of June 1969, was the watershed moment for the history of gay liberation and the global Pride movement.

Led by transgeder women of colour Marsha P. Johnson and Slyvia Rivera, the riots at the gay bar Stonewall Inn on Christopher St in West Village started when police raided the venue in the early hours of the morning. The patrons resisted the police, and ultimately set the bar on fire in protest against the unjust and inhumane treatment towards them.

Marsha and Sylvia were amongst the unapologetic first to fight back. Refusing to accept the oppression anymore, the two led the way for one of the most important modern-day events for the LGBTQ+ community and global human rights.

The riots are so crucial because they served as the catalyst for the founding of the Gay Liberation Front, an organisation that went onto organise the first Pride rally on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Hence why Pride season takes place every June.

Watch these online resources to find out more information:

*trigger warning: features discussion about sexual violence, discriminatory ideologies and hate crimes.

The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix)

Sylvia Rivera, “Y’all Better Quiet Down” speech, 1973 Gay Pride Rally NYC (YouTube: LoveTapesCollective)

Stonewall Forever – A Documentary about the Past, Present and Future of Pride (YouTube: LGBTCenterNYC)

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