I am both Happy and Proud to share my birthday celebration with such an iconic period in the LGBT history!
Each year I remember the sacrifices that my fellow sisters and brothers made so that change could be made for the LGBT community. We’ve come a long way yet still have far to go.
Todays post is not to convince anyone of anything but a celebration!
Join me as we celebrate Pride Month and the Stonewall Riots where Pride began.
The following was taken from SocialistAlternative.com
Something unremarkable happened in the early hours of June 27, 1969 in New York’s Greenwich Village, an event which had occurred a thousand times before across the U.S. over the decades. The police raided a gay bar. At first, everything unfolded according to a time-honored ritual. Seven plain-clothes detectives and a uniformed officer entered and announced their presence. The bar staff stopped serving the watered-down, overpriced drinks, while their Mafia bosses swiftly removed the cigar boxes which functioned as tills. The officers demanded identification papers from the customers and then escorted them outside, throwing some into a waiting paddy-wagon and pushing others off the sidewalk.
But at a certain point, the “usual suspects” departed from the script and decided to fight back. A debate still rages over which incident sparked the riot. Was it a ‘butch’ lesbian dressed in man’s clothes who resisted arrest, or a male drag queen who stopped in the doorway between the officers and posed defiantly, rallying the crowd? The answer to that is still unclear.
Either way a riot had begun..
People in the crowd started shouting “Gay Power!” And as word spread through Greenwich Village and across the city, hundreds of gay men and lesbians, black, white, Hispanic, and predominantly working class, converged on the Christopher Street area around the Stonewall Inn to join the fray.
Altogether, the protests and disturbances continued with varying intensity for five days.
The word “Stonewall” has entered the vocabulary of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere as a potent emblem of the gay community making a stand against oppression and demanding full equality in every area of life.
The idea of Gay Power is as strong as ever. In many countries and cities the concept of “gay pride” literally marches on each year in the form of an annual Gay Pride march.
Each year more than 200+ gay pride festivals are celebrated around the world. Go on Google to find an event near you.. Feel free to post your own Pride pics below!!