The History Of Pride
The Pride movement has its roots in the civil rights battles of the late 1960s and early 1970s in America. Regular harassment of LGBT+ customers of the Stonewall Tavern in New York by police and others resulted in a riot in the early hours of June 28 1969.
The Stonewall Tavern was a bar where gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual people would meet. It was also popular with drag queens. Police raids were common and often violent – but on this particular night, the customers rose up and for the first time, fought back.
One year on, the LGBT+ community started to organise and the first march in New York marked the anniversary of that landmark fight back against oppression. Since those early days of 1970, the movement has spread around the world – although Exmouth has a long way to go to match the Sao Paulo Pride in Brazil in 2006 which attracted an international crowd of between 2.5 and 3 million people.
The capitalisation of PRIDE denotes the acronym People Respecting Identity, Diversity and Equality.
The Rainbow Flag – A Modern Icon:
The bright colours of the rainbow Pride flag have become an instantly identifiable international symbol. It’s in New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (MOMA’s) design collection and has been used around the world as a symbol of LGBT+ identity. Artist Gilbert Baker is credited with creating it. The Kansa born artist was asked to come up with a flag by Harvey Milk – the first major openly gay politician in America.
Gilbert says it was first used on the streets of San Francisco in 1978. He created an incredible mile long version in 1994 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Come and join the rainbow celebrations at Exmouth Pride – and show your solidarity for diversity and equal rights for all.