June was celebrated as Pride Month starting in 1970, in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots (also known as the Stonewall Uprising) that occurred in Manhattan on June 28, 1969. On that day, the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood frequented by members of the LGBTQ+ community. When police forcibly removed patrons and employees from the bar, several fought back against the NYPD, and a growing crowd of locals gathered in the streets. The confrontations escalated and resulted in several days of protests and violent clashes with the police outside the Stonewall Inn and throughout the neighborhood. The confrontations ended on July 2, 1969, and shifted the gay rights movement from a fringe issue to worldwide front-page news.

 

The first Pride March was held in New York City on June 28, 1970, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. By all estimates, there were 3,000 to 5,000 marchers at this inaugural march. The first Seattle Pride Parade (a gathering of fewer than 200 people) took place in 1974, although it wasn’t officially recognized by the city. Just three years later, the Parade welcomed 2,000 attendees, and Seattle Mayor Wes Ulman declared the first “Gay Pride Week.” In 1992, the Seattle Pride festivities expanded to include bisexual and transgender identities (LGBT). Today, the Seattle Pride® Parade is one of the largest in the country, attracting an estimated 300,000 members of the LGBTQIA+ community, friends, and allies. The Parade provides our entire community an opportunity to celebrate the present, envision the future, and honor our past. Seattle Pride commemorates the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Seattle with the theme Now! — in honor of the original rallying cry for gay rights and queer visibility. The month will close out with the annual Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30 in Westlake Park long 4th Avenue. For more information go to www. seattlepride.org/events/seattle-pride-parade-2024.