What are the Stonewall Riots?
Up until the late 1960s, routine raids of New York’s gay and lesbian bars were frequent. Same-sex couples were routinely arrested for dancing together, kissing or showing other signs of affection. Individuals were also arrested for wearing clothing of the opposite sex which was considered "unlawful" by the police.
The Stonewall Riots were named after the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village gay bar outside of which the riots took place on June 27-29th, 1969. The riots were three nights of violent street protests and arrests involving over 300 gay people who finally grew tired of the verbal slurs, unfounded arrests and beatings police had subjected them to. The Riots have since been credited with sparking the modern queer liberation movement throughout the world. Twenty years later, in 1989, Heritage of Pride had Christopher Street at the site of the riots renamed "Stonewall Place." The Stonewall Inn, located on Christopher Street, is still in existence today. Just a side note: At the time of the raids, The Stonewall Inn was owned & operated by the "Mafia", who knew exactly who their clientele was.
The Rainbow Flag is an international symbol of Gay and Lesbian Pride. The flag was conceived by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco resident. He had copies of the flag made which were flown at San Francisco’s Pride events in 1978. The flag with its 6 horizontal stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, represent the diversity and unity of the gay and lesbian community. Heritage of Pride introduced the rainbow flag to the East Coast in 1986.
Pride Parades & Festivals For 2014
Philadelphia 6/8/14 Parade & Festival www.phillypride.org
Baltimore 6/15-16/14 Parade & Festival www.baltimorepride.org
New York 6/29/14 Parade & Festival www.nycpride.org/events
Washington DC 6/7-8/14 Parade & Festival www.capitalpride.org
Lancaster PA 6/21/14 Parade & Festival www.lancasterpride.com
Boston, MA 6/14/14 Parade & Festival www.bostonpride.org
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