Today marks the start of Pride Month! To honor those who have played a pivotal role in pushing for LGBTQIA+ equality, I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite queer trailblazers for the month of June.
You can’t acknowledge Pride Month without mentioning Marsha P. Johnson, a Black, trans, bisexual woman, who lead the movement with protest and clashes for six days at the Stonewall Inn. On June 28, 1969 in New York City, police raided the gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting into Christopher Street outside. The protestors demanded the establishment of places where LGBT+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
Pride Month is largely credited as being started by bisexual activist Brenda Howard, also known as ‘The Mother of Pride’. She organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade a year after the Stonewall Riots. This eventually became what we now know as the New York City Pride March and was the catalyst for the formation of similar parades and marches around the world.