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#71834 - 06/24/03 06:19 AM June 27th know your history
brian-z Offline

Registered: 07/11/02
Posts: 770
Loc: Western USA
The origins of Gay and Lesbian Pride month can be traced back to a turbulent weekend in New York City in June of 1969.
On the night of June 27th of that year, the usual crowd gathered at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. New York Beverage Control Board agents and NYC police officers raided the bar to enforce an alcohol control law that was seldom enforced anywhere else in the city.

Raids on gay establishments, however, were common at the time and were conducted regularly with little or no resistance, as fearful gay patrons were physically forced out of their gathering places, sometimes beaten, and often arrested with no just cause. In fact, this raid was the second such raid at the Stonewall Inn that week.

On the night of June 27th, lesbians and gay men spontaneously fought back against police harassment for the first time. The crowd inside and outside the bar erupted into violent resistance against the officers as they singled out patrons to load into waiting paddy wagons. More police reinforcements were called in as local gays and lesbians united in enraged confrontation.

Word spread quickly about the confrontation and large, outraged crowds gathered on ensuing nights to protest the mistreatment historically inflicted on the gay community. These protests came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion, and the uprising was the catalyst for the modern political movement for gay and lesbian liberation - calling for gay pride and action to secure their basic civil rights.

The event since then has been commemorated by an annual parade held each year in New York City and Los Angeles on the last Sunday in June, a tradition starting with marches on June 28,1970 marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

The Stonewall Inn was declared a national historical landmark in March 2000, cited as the birthplace of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement.

Now, Gay and Lesbian Pride events and parades are planned annually in the month of June all over the country as well as internationally. Gay and Lesbian Pride Month celebrate diversity and civil liberties and rights for all.

Never let SA make you ashamed of who you are.

#71835 - 06/26/03 12:50 AM Re: June 27th know your history
blaidd Offline

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 240
Loc: Australia
Hi Brian, thanks for your post and hope you are doing okay.

I really appreciate you posting this to give some context to the existence of gay pride events, for those who may be unaware.

Not everyone is suitably informed about such things given the blatant ignorance and homophobia that is often expressed.

As a gay man and a survivor I am tired of having to stand up and to justify my identity, to have to worry about when and where the next attack, verbal or otherwise, will come from. I have to confront homophobia every day of my life. Having said that, I am much more able to deal with it than I was when I was younger.

In some respects gay pride events can be seen as a misrepresentation of what it is to be gay. In reality gay people live simple and ordinary lives just like straight people. We live, we work, we play, we love, we pay taxes, and are apart of every community.

On the other hand, gay pride is a also a way for us to celebrate freedom and liberation from the confines of strict social indoctrination and descrimination. By flaunting the most outrageous aspects of gay life, as some people would see it, the gay community is owning and empowering themselves.

It's like when the gay community took back the ownership of the word "queer", and other derogatory words. By doing so you disempower those who use such words to inflict hurt.

Gay people live 365 days a year bombarded with straight media, straight everything, so I find it ironic and hypocritical when straight people complain about gay pride events being shown in the media. In addition it is the nature of mainstream media to show video footage or photographs, of the more outrageous aspects of gay pride events. It is typical of the way the media chooses to sensationalise things in public life, because it suits their agenda and achieves ratings, among other things. It is far more interesting to show two semi clad naked leather men handing hands, or a drag queen than it is to show an ordinary female or male gay couple participating in a pride parade.

In Australia, and in the closest capital city to where I live Male Survivors do march in the Pride parade. I was really impressed when I saw this for the first time, as a rape crisis centre had organised the entry in the march, along with drag queens, lesbians on motorbikes and the like. They have their own banner and are applauded just like like everyone else when they walk down the street.



Blaidd (pronounced as blaith/blithe) is a welsh word meaning wolf.

#71836 - 06/26/03 06:12 PM Re: June 27th know your history
michaelb Offline

Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 211
Loc: cincinnati, ohio
BLAIDD......really appreciated your post and it gave me a different perspective on my opinion...
i still think the sf gay pride parade does more harm than good, but i do appreciate some of the issues better....thank you so much for your insight.....michael

#71837 - 06/27/03 06:05 AM Re: June 27th know your history
brian-z Offline

Registered: 07/11/02
Posts: 770
Loc: Western USA
on June 27th I will have been out for one year.

#71838 - 06/27/03 01:20 PM Re: June 27th know your history
outis Offline

Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 2261
Loc: Maryland USA

You certainly picked a good date for it. Did the history influence you in deciding last year?

Is it appropriate to wish you a Happy Anniversary?

If so, Happy Anniversary!

If not, well, chalk it up to my cluelessness.


"Telemachos, your guest is no discredit to you. I wasted no time in stringing the bow, and I did not miss the mark. My strength is yet unbroken…"—The Odyssey, translated by W.H.D. Rouse

#71839 - 06/27/03 04:11 PM Re: June 27th know your history
brian-z Offline

Registered: 07/11/02
Posts: 770
Loc: Western USA
No, actually it was a strange coincidence, more then G.P.D. that effected my choice to fully come out. I was going to the bay area to see a friend for his birth day. I felt I owed it to him to tell him. And after I told him. I was fully out, out at work, out to family, and finally out to my oldest friend. But I was a where of the irony, of doing it on pride weekend.


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