What You Didn’t Know About The History Of Pride Month

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 What You Didn’t Know About The History Of Pride Month

On June 28, 1970, a year after the Stonewall Riot, the first gay liberation march dubbed the Christopher Street Liberation Day March took place in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. People gathered outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, and groups from all over the country came out to march in unity that day. People from Boston, Washington, D.C., and even organizations from universities such as Columbia, Rutgers, and Yale came to participate in the event (via NPR).

When the transgender community came out to march, however, they were reportedly told by organizers to stand in the back, but they did not comply. Victoria Cruz, a queer, transgender woman and former activist, recalled being shamed into marching in the back on that day over 50 years ago. Cruz stated that members of the transgender community stuck up for themselves because they had fought just like everyone else. They refused to be hidden and, according to Cruz, shouted, “Hell no, we won’t go!” while marching alongside everyone else. Cruz noted that all those within the trans community who marched didn’t attempt to segregate themselves. A similar march took place the same day in Los Angeles, and just a year later, Boston held their march. After that, gay liberation and pride events took place worldwide, including in cities such as London and Tel Aviv.

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