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Pride 2021: Celebrate

What is the History of Pride Month?

The Stonewall Riots weren’t the first time that LGBTQ+ people stood up against police harassment — before Stonewall, there was a riot in Los Angeles at Cooper Do-Nuts, and in San Francisco at Compton’s Cafeteria. But Stonewall is definitely the best-known, and led to the creation of what we know as Pride today.

It started with a police raid on a hot summer night in Greenwich Village. Cops stormed the Stonewall Inn, arresting patrons and forcing them into waiting police vehicles. But a nearby crowd grew restless and angry, and eventually someone — there’s debate over who — started whipping onlookers into fighting back. They pelted the police, forcing homophobic cops to retreat, and aggressive street confrontations continued over the next few nights.

Following the Stonewall Riots, organizers wanted to build on that spirit of resistance. The following year, they organized a march to Central Park, and adopted the theme of “Gay Pride” as a counterpoint to the prevailing attitude of shame. That march down Christopher Street soon expanded to other cities, with many more joining in year over year through the 1970s until Pride became the massive celebration that we know today. (Continue reading from them)

Local Pride Celebrations

Southington Family Pride Festival (May 29)

34th Annual Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival (June 4 - June 13)

Westport Pride (Virtual and In-Person Events all June; Rally on June 5)

Middletown Pride (June 5 - June 6)

Brooklyn Pride 5K Run/Walk (June 12)

Long Island Pride March (June 13)

Ridgefield Pride in the Park (June 26)

West Hartford Pride (Virtual and In-Person Events: June 26 - June 27)

NYC Pride Events (Virtual and In-Person Events all June; March on June 27)

Triangle Community Center Presents Fairfield County Pride (Events all June)

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