In celebration of Pride Month, we’ve decided to go back to where it all began. Every June, festivals and parades are held around the world to recognize the impact and progress the LGBTQ+ community has made, and to acknowledge and inspire continued efforts to fight for equality. See five facts everyone should know about Pride ahead.



Pride commemorates the Stonewall Inn riots.


At the time when it was still illegal for LGBTQ+ people to meet in public spaces, law enforcement often raided bars where the community frequented. In June 1969, the police raided Stonewall Inn, a gay-friendly bar in Manhattan, and roughly kicked out its employees and patrons. This led to six days of riots and protests on Christopher Street and surrounding areas, marking an important movement for gay rights.


 A bi-sexual woman co-organized the very first Pride parade.


Lifelong activist Brenda Howard, also known as the “Mother of Pride,” coordinated the Christopher Street Liberation March on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the first anniversary of Stonewall Inn. She was credited for the idea of a week-long Pride festival and for laying the groundwork for today’s celebrations.


 Each color on the rainbow flag is significant.


The first flag was designed by Gilbert Baker after Harvey Milk tasked him with creating a new positive symbol for the gay community. Baker gave a different meaning to each color:

  • Hot pink - sexuality

  • Red - life

  • Orange - healing

  • Yellow - sunlight

  • Green - nature

  • Turquoise - magic and art

  • Indigo - serenity and harmony

  • Violet - spirit


After the original flag first flew in San Francisco in 1978 at the Gay Freedom Day Parade, two stripes were eventually removed for mass production, which is why today’s flag is known to have six stripes.


 Pride originally had a different name.


In the earliest days of Pride when gatherings were more militant, marches were commonly referred to as “Gay Liberation” or “Gay Freedom.” Starting in the 1980s and 1990s, marches began to take form of the parades we know today.


 June officially became Pride Month in 1999.


Although LGBTQ+ people have been celebrating Pride Month in June for decades, it wasn’t until 1999 when Pride Month was officially recognized by President Bill Clinton. In 2009, President Barack Obama followed with his own declaration of June Pride Month and issued an official proclamation in 2015. Surprisingly, only two US presidents have ever recognized Pride Month.
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