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LGBTQ+ Pride History

50 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride History.

During the fifties and sixties, the United States was an extremely repressive legal and social period for the LGBTQ+ community. Very few business establishments welcomed gays, and organized crime syndicates often ran those that did due to the illegal nature of gay bars at the time, and bar owners were rarely gay.

Lesbian Pride Parade

At the end of the sixties, the Civil Rights Movement and Anti-War Demonstrations greatly impacted the LGBTQ+ Community and served as the catalysts for the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall riots were a series of unconstrained demonstrations by members of the gay and lesbian community in response to a police raid on 28 Jun 1969. Almost everything in the Stonewall Inn was destroyed. While police raids on gay bars in New York were routine at the time, officers that day lost control of the situation, and rioting began. Thirteen people were arrested, some participants were hospitalized, and four officers were injured.

The Stonewall Inn is located at 43 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, an area known throughout the 19th and 20th centuries as the Bohemian Capital of New York City.

Patrons of the Stonewall Inn (once owned by gangsters) and other gay and lesbian hangouts, as well as neighborhood street people, fought back when police officers got violent.

Stonewall Riot

Tensions between the police and LGBTQ+ residents of Greenwich Village also erupted into protests the following evening and several nights thereafter.

In fact, it was this uprising that transformed the Gay Liberation Movement and the 20th-century fight for LGBTQ+ rights throughout the United States.

Within weeks, residents organized into activist groups demanding the right to live openly concerning their sexual orientation and persuasion without fear of arrest, discrimination, or other forms of persecution.

The new activist organizations and alliances concentrated on aggressive tactics, and within a few short months, three newspapers were established to promote gay and lesbian rights.

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On 2 Nov 1969, Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes proposed the first pride march in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations meeting in Philadelphia.

We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street. This demonstration is called Christopher Street Liberation Day. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration. We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We present a nationwide show of support.

Meetings to organize the march began in early January at Rodwell's apartment at 350 Bleecker Street. Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, Michael Brown, and Foster Gunnison Jr. made up most of the core group of the organizers.

Other members of the committee included Judy Miller, Jack Waluska, Steve Gerrie, and Brenda Howard of GLF. Representatives of the Gay Liberation Front also attended the meeting and were seated as special guests of Rodwell.

Believing that more people would turn out for a march on Sunday and mark the start of the Stonewall uprising, the committee scheduled the date for the first march for 28 Jun 1970.

A year after the uprising and commemorating the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the first Gay Pride Parade was held in New York City and covered over 50 city blocks.

Stonewall Riots

The march took less than half the time scheduled due to excitement and conscious suspicion about walking through the city with gay signs and banners.

Although the parade permit was delivered only two hours before the march, the participants encountered little resistance from onlookers.

There was little open animosity, and some bystanders applauded when a tall, pretty woman carrying a sign ‘I am a Lesbian’ walked by. – The New York Times

Gay Pride Parades took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Pride Parades were also held in Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, DC, and other locations worldwide.

During this time gay rights organizations and alliances were formed across the U.S. in honor of the Stonewall riots. Today Gay Pride Parades are held annually in thousands of cities.

Gay pride, Lesbian pride, or LGBTQ+ pride promotes self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people as a social group.

Common symbols of pride are the Pride Flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle, and the black triangle. The latter two were reclaimed from use as badges of shame forced to be worn during the time of Nazi rule.



On 26 Jun 2015 The White House shined rainbow lights on the building to hail the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

In 24 Jun 2016 President Obama Designated LGBTQ National Monument to be managed by the National Park Service in remembrance of the Stonewall uprising.

Stonewall National Monument

Pride has lent its name to LGBTQ-themed book titles, cable TV, foundations, institutions, organizations, periodicals, and even a pride library.

Pride events are typically held during Gay Pride Month or some other event commemorating a turning point in the local LGBTQ+ history.

Some pride events include LGBTQ+ commemorations, community days, dance parties, festivals, marches, pride parades, and rallies.

The term Gay Pride was conceived by Thom Higgins, a gay rights activist and the first person in Minnesota to be granted a presidential conscientious objector draft classification (1969).

Brenda Howard, a bisexual activist, is known as the Mother of Pride for coordinating the first Pride march in New York City. She also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations held worldwide every June.

Additionally, Howard and the bisexual activist Robert Martin (aka Stephen Donaldson) and gay activist L. Craig Schoonmaker were credited with popularizing Pride to describe these festivities. Schoonmaker was the person who came up with the word, and no one can argue the fact that Schoonmaker was right when he said; No movement has ever come so far in such a short amount of time !

Bisexual activist Tom Limoncelli stated; The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why LGBT Pride Month is June tell them 'A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.'

Frank Kameny (an organizer of gay activism in the fifties) soon realized that the Stonewall Riots brought about pivotal change. When Kameny marched in front of The White House, the State Department, and Independence Hall five years earlier, only ten people marched with him then, and they alerted no press to their intentions.

By the time of Stonewall, there were 50 - 60 gay rights groups in the country. A year later, there were at least 1500. In two years there were roughly 2500. Today there are tens of thousands around the world.

During the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade (now San Francisco Pride), the first Gay Pride Flag was displayed to the public.

Gay Pride Parade

By the eighties, there was a major cultural shift in the Stonewall Riot commemorations. The previous loosely organized grassroots marches and parades were taken over by more organized and less radicalized elements of the gay community. Marchers began dropping the words liberation and freedom from their names, being pressured by more conservative community members, replacing them with the philosophy of Gay Pride.

In 1999 Army Veteran David Apperson successfully developed the Internet's first hate-free Internet technology to protect young and old, bisexual, gay, lesbian, non-binary, queer, straights, and transgender individuals from online harassment and bullying. Unfortunately, the expense of running the system was too much to bear after the dot com crash, and the system was shut down in 2001 and has yet to be reintroduced.

From Jan 2009 into 2021, Apperson spent his time volunteering to help disabled veterans. However, being motivated by the orientation, racial, and religious hatred and persecution being spewed around the country, this Word Scholar is now working to Fight Hate by promoting the Hate Free Zone Campaign this Labor Day Weekend.

On 14 Aug 2021 Apperson will be at Austin Pride giving away 1000+ Hate Free Zone magnets while introducing attendees to the Labor Day launch of the new Stop Hate Campaign.

In 2019 an estimated 5 million people commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. On 6 Jun 2019, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill rendered a formal apology for Stonewall officers' actions in 1969.

Police Commissioner

White House Acknowledgements, Declarations, and Proclamations of LGBTQ+ Pride:

∙ In 1999 Bill Clinton declared June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.
∙ In 2009 Barack Obama proclaimed June LGBT Pride Month. see proclamation
∙ In 2019 Donald Trump acknowledged LGBTQ+ Pride Month on Twitter.
∙ In 2021 Joe Biden reconfirmed June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. see proclamation

On College Campuses, Gay Pride is celebrated in April and dubbed Gaypril.

Gaypril



The future of the alliance is the network protection assets (i.e., top level domain names) to be used in the future for the blocking of hatred aimed toward bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, straight, and transgender communities.

Special thanks to those who contributed to this article on Pride History.

School Alma Mater

I might be a ding-a-ling, but I agree with Chuck Berry. We must play our Alma Mater. The first time I heard these words, they were spoken by a 12-year-old juvenile who was in solitary confinement in Ventura County Correctional Facility for taking the fall of a younger brother when Chuck Berry's Ding-a-Ling song first came out in 1972.

As a teenager, Chuck Berry was interested in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School in Missouri. While still in school, he was convicted of armed robbery and spent three years in a juvenile reformatory from 1944 to 1947.

I believe the people are right . . . so let me repeat it. We must play the School Alma Mater.


School Alma Mater

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Gay Pride Alliance

This unique and inclusive alliance was designed by U.S. Army Veteran David Apperson, who completed the first hate-free Internet gateway in 1999 to help bisexual, gay, lesbian, non-binary, queer, straight, transgender, and other allies unite in safety and security during pride marches, pride parades, and other events hosted, managed, or promoted by affiliates and associates of the Gay Pride Alliance.

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9.3 million homosexuals represented by the alliance.

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