It’s Pride Day:
Welcome to the. . .D–A–Y O–F P–R–I–D–E–!!! Some cities are having the annual LGBTQ Pride Parade this year, but in Chicago, it is on standby for another year. I had the opportunity to visit Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois in the year 2000 for the Pride Parade. On 6/25/02, I was a lot younger–went with my best friend, and she and I had a very nice time seeing float by float go by on a nice hot, summer day. It was a lot of culture in one whole day. Being before I became clean, I did have a drink in the streets–what a gas at the time. I’m sharing the following trivia.
Pride Day: Last Sunday in the month of June every year.
Pride Month: Month of June.
First Parade: November 2, 1969.
Founded By: Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes.
Premise/Location: The four individuals proposed the first gay pride parade to be held in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) meeting in Philadelphia..
Purpose: Pride parades, also known as pride marches, festivals and events, are outdoor events held for the purpose of celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer (LGBTQ) social and achievements through pride.
Move to June: The move to the month of June happened in order to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.
Some Other History: In 1970, there were pride marches and protests held in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco around the first anniversary of the Stonewall horror.
Over Time to a Couple Years Ago: The Pride Events became annual and grew nationally and internationally.
2019: In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, New York and the whole world celebrated the largest international Pride celebration in history. The Stonewall 50 & WorldPride NYC 2019, produced by the Heritage of Pride had a 5 million person attendance in Manhattan alone.
COVID-19 Era: Most events were cancelled or have gone virtual in 2020. This year, a lot of sporadic events are scheduled all day, and some are being a hybrid event.
The Future: Hopefully by next year, we can all move forward into normal activities abroad, and have the Pride Parades resume normal activity.
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