The Gay Pride parades you see across the world in the month of June have their roots in the Stonewall riot of 1969.
|Stonewall Inn circa 1969|
Back then, the Stonewall Inn was the largest gay bar in the United States but, like all gay bars at that time, it was subject to raids by the police simply because the patrons were gay.
On June 28th, 1969, after an early morning raid, those arrested decided to protest and fight back against being arrested because of their sexual orientation. This sparked other protests and a wakeup call to LGBT individuals across the nation. Soon LGBT organizations started springing up across the country demanding civil rights and an end to discrimination because of sexual orientation.
|Stonewall Inn today|
Today, Pride is celebrated throughout the world and with parades and associated events that take place throughout the week. Throughout the last 50 years, Pride Day has evolved from that angry and violent riot at Stonewall to a celebration of accepting and being proud of who you are.