June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month and that means that there are pride celebrations happening all over the place. Pride was started to honor and remember the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969. The Stonewall riot is commonly known as the first major protest for equality for the LGBT community. The Stonewall Inn – a gay club – was raided by the police. The riot broke out when people in the club and local citizens rioted against the police. The Stonewall riot was a breaking point for the LGBT community and started the push forward for equality and justice. The riot was followed by multiple days of protests and demonstrations by citizens in New York which lead to the creation of the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ and other LGBT civil rights groups.
Many states around the US participate in Pride Month by having parades and activities to celebrate diversity and equality. Here in Maine Portland Pride will be happening next weekend on June 17th starting at 12pm with the Portland Pride Parade followed by activities in Deering Oaks Park. For more information regarding the events in Portland check out Portland Pride.