Impressive Historical Photos in Honor of Pride Month

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Lowry Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis (taken from Marshall Terrace Park)

2018 marks the 23th year since Pride Month was established by the General Assembly of the National Education Association.

The University of Toronto’s School of Engineering celebrates at World Pride in 2014. Photo Source: Nicholas Nico Valenton

Pride commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, which happened on June 28th, 1969, in New York City. At that point, it was still illegal for LGBTQ+ people to meet in public places. The police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, and the patrons (led by queer and trans people of color) fought back. The Stonewall Inn stands to this day.

Image Source: Joe Mabel at Wiki Commons. Dykes on Bikes at Seattle Pride in 1995.

The first pride parade was organized by a bisexual woman named Brenda Howard. The first iteration was a liberation march about a month after Stonewall, which evolved into a parade and festival the next year.

The homosexuals revolted at London’s Pride Parade, way back in 1974.

Many cities have spinoff festivals for trans people and people of color in addition to the main Pride Parade.

2009 Marcha Gay in Mexico City. Image Source: Thelmadatter on Wiki Commons

The first rainbow Pride flag, created by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, debuted in 1978.

2009 Marcha Gay in Mexico City. Image Source: Thelmadatter on Wiki Commons

The colors on the pride flag are symbolic, representing nature, sexuality, and other things.

2009 Marcha Gay in Mexico City. Image Source: Thelmadatter on Wiki Commons

The first west coast events happened on June 28, 1970, in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Image Source: LSE Library on Flickr

The parades were originally more serious events focused on activism. While most of Pride has evolved into a fun party in many developed nations, political aspects still remain.

Copenhagen Pride Parade 2014 on Vester Voldgade in Copenhagen. Image Source: Leif Jørgensen on Wiki Commons

In 2016, Stonewall, its surrounding area, and an adjacent park were made into Stonewall National Monument by President Barack Obama, making it the National Park Service’s first LGBTQ+ rights monument.

Pride Parade, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007. Image Source: LaMenta3 on Flickr

Most cities continue having specific events for Trans activism, HIV/AIDS awareness, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, and other important LGBTQ+ issues.

Gay Firefighters at San Francisco Pride 1983. Image Source: MoSchle on Wiki Commons

The first Dyke March, which focuses on lesbians, was held in New York City in 1993, the night before the Pride Parade.

Taiwan Pride Festival, 2006. Image Source: Chun Li on Flickr

The largest pride parade in the United States takes place in San Francisco, which also has a different theme every year.

Brighton Gay Pride Parade, 2012. Image Source: Rachel D on Flickr

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone was the first city mayor to attend a Pride Parade. He was assassinated alongside activist and city supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978.

Jeune et fière participante – Gay Pride 2011 de Rio de Janeiro Image Source: Ericwaltr on Wiki Commons

Not all Pride events or parades take place during Pride Month. Moscow’s Pride Parade was held in May, because it commemorated when Russia decriminalized homosexuality. Moscow banned pride parades in 2012.

Vienna’s Regenbogenparade in 2007. Image Source: Christian Kadluba on Flickr

Capetown Pride was originally held in October, then moved to December, and now happens in February.

LGBTQ Pride, Vancouver, 2013. Photo Source: Yu-Chan Chen on Flickr

In 2011, Brazilian politician Carlos Apolinário sponsored a bill for a ‘Heterosexual Pride Day’, which is not a thing.

Taiwan Pride, 2015. Image Source: CodEnJie Huang on Flickr

Ironically, Sao Paulo hosted the largest Pride Parade in the world in 2017.

Vancouver Pride, 2013. Image Source: Yu-Chan Chen on Flickr

Madrid and New York City also host some of the world’s most popular parades.

Taiwan Pride, 2015. Image Source: CodEnJie Huang on Flickr

Many of the parades had ‘Freedom’ and ‘Gay Liberation’ in their titles until those were dropped for ‘pride’ in the 1980s or 1990s.

Liverpool Pride, 2017. Image Source: Paul Townley on Flickr

Not all cities and countries celebrate their pride parades.

Taiwan Pride, 2015. Image Source: CodEnJie Huang on Flickr

Istanbul’s 2015 parade was broken up by police, and has been banned ever since.

Femme âgée observant paisiblement la foule du haut d’un char – Gay Pride 2011 de Rio de Janeiro Image Source: Ericwaltr on Wiki Commons

Pride events in Uganda were broken up in 2016. Homosexuality is still illegal in Uganda.

Rio de Janeiro’s pride parade in 2011. Image Source: Ericwaltr on Wiki Commons
Soweto Pride 2012. The protest banner reads “Dying for Justice” and the T-shirts read “Solidarity with women who speak out”. Image Source: Charles Haynes on Flickr
I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River on June 26, 2015. From the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image Source: Tony Webster on Flickr
The 7th Gay Pride in Tirana. Image Source: Kristina Millona on Wiki Commons

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