LGBT Pride Month: The History and COVID's Impact on Celebrations

Posted 6/19/2020

Pride celebrations will still happen this year, maybe not in the streets with floats, but definitely online. Last June, about 2.5 million revelers flocked to WorldPride in New York City for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. But this year’s Pride will look much, much different. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s just no way to facilitate in-person festivals for the foreseeable future.

Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognizing the influence LGBT people have had around the world. Why was June chosen? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. The riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. In June of 1969, a group of LGBTQ+ people in New York City rioted following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. 

Known as the “Mother of Pride”, it was Brenda Howard who coordinated the first LGBT Pride march. Gay pride events, including gay pride parades and festivals were started in major urban centers to improve the visibility, acceptance and legal protections for LGBTQ+ people living in those communities. While the aim of pride day started with a political nature, many cities around the world have such wide acceptance and legal protections that many events have become a celebration of pride for the local LGBTQ+ community. 20 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month

“The plan is to hold a rolling 24-hour online Global Pride on June 27, the anniversary of Stonewall, which will feature musical performances, speeches, and other Pride-related content each hour. The hope is to coordinate it so that local Prides — from Sydney to San Francisco — will have 15 minutes of their own based on their time zone.”

It Gets Better EDU exists to ensure that the uplifting stories crafted and collected by the It Gets Better Project reach LGBTQ+ youth wherever learning takes place. We do this by offering educators and students leaders easy-to-access and easy-to-use resources, information, and more. 


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