Every summer in the United States, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community comes together for a monthlong celebration of love, diversity, acceptance and unashamed self-pride. The commemorative month is meant to recognize the sweeping impact that LGBT individuals, advocates and allies have on history in the United States and around the globe, according to the Library of Congress. The so-called Stonewall riots were a "tipping point" for the gay liberation movement in the United States, according to the Library of Congress. The uproar also paved the way for the modern fight for LGBT rights. Previous U.
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Gay Pride typically involves a series of events and is often capped by a parade involving marchers and colourful floats from the LGBTQ community and its supporters. Before the Stonewall riots, LGBTQ individuals had generally not broadcast their sexual orientation or identity, but the event galvanized the gay community and sparked greater political activism see gay rights movement. Early Gay Pride events often called Freedom Day or Gay Liberation Day were often sparsely attended and encountered protests, particularly because of the outlandish costumes that some marchers wore. In what is perhaps the most-recognized symbol of Gay Pride made its debut at the San Francisco event: the rainbow flag. The flag, with its eight colours sexuality symbolized by hot pink, life by red, healing by orange, the Sun by yellow, nature by green, art by blue, harmony by indigo, and spirit by violet , was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and has been adopted worldwide. But by the s—particularly after the spread of AIDS —political and social activism had become central to Pride events, and many of the marchers carried placards that focused on the social issues of the day.
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By David Kaufman. This article is part of our latest Pride special report , featuring L. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, which was held in New York City on June 28,