Words by Angela Molina and Moira Armstrong
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in 1970, which honored the Stonewall riots held the year before. The riots began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Years of frequent raids and brutal treatment by the police against the #LGBTQ community led to this watershed moment. Prominent figures such as Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Stormé DeLarverie began both the riots and the modern-day movement for LGBTQ rights.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down numerous Pride events, but thousands of protesters are gathering throughout the country to combat the injustices of police brutality against the Black community, a sobering reminder that there is still work to be done. LGBTQ equality cannot be fully achieved until racism and other intersectional issues are addressed, including within the community.