Pride Month


Alysa Krieger, Staff Writer

June is known as Pride Month which is in support of everyone who is a part the LGBTQ+ community.

June was chosen to be pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that happened at the end of June 1969. During the month of June many events take place to recognize the impact of the LGBTQ+ community has had on the world. Every year for the past 48 years all different pride events have been happening.

The first gay pride event took place in March of 1970. The event was called the Christopher Street Liberation Day (CSLD) and it was to recognize and commemorate the Stonewall riots anniversary. Soon after this event took place, other events started happening around America. The very first parade to take place was on November 2, 1969 in New York City. The organizers of the parade were Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes. By the 1980’s pride parades were being held in every major city in America.

Today the celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts. Pride Month events get millions of people to participate all around the world. Pride isn’t just for people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community, it is also for anyone who supports the community. 

If you want to go to a pride parade, New York City is having one on June 30. The event starts at 12 p.m. Before the parade begins there will be a Moment of Silence at 11:58 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives to AIDS and AIDS-related complications, as well as hate crimes. The parade will start on 26th Street and 5th Avenue. It will run South to 8th street and continue West along 8th Street. From there the parade will turn left onto Christopher Street passing Stonewall and running back uptown along 7th Avenue and ending on 23rd Street. The parade will takes 60-90 minutes for all the groups involved to get through the whole marching route.

This event attracts people from all nearby places so if you plan on attending the Pride Parade in NYC this year make sure you get there early.