Pride started as a result of the Stonewall Riots that occurred in 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club, at the early hours of June 28. The police removed employees and patrons out of the bar, causing riots and protests to occur.
On June 28, 1970, marking the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, people flooded the streets to celebrate. This was known as the celebration of America’s first gay pride parade.
The term “pride” came from Brenda Howard, a New York bisexual rights activist. She was nicknamed the “Mother of Pride” because she organized the first pride parade to honor the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The month of June is now recognized as Pride Month, where the LGBTQ communities come together and celebrate. These pride parades, marches, and gatherings are to help spread awareness around the minority groups who have struggled and fought to be accepted for who they are.
The LGBT Pride flag was created by artist and designer, Gilbert Baker in 1978. Each color of the flag represents a different meaning. Red means life, orange means healing, yellow means sunshine, green means nature, blue means harmony, and purple means spirit.
Pride events are welcomed by all communities and encourage others to show support, love, and education!