CNN Here is some background information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender milestones in the United States. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. It is the first documented gay rights organization.
With June come rainbows. They're waving on flags, making the rounds on social media, and are plastered across T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and every other conceivable item of merchandise. The colorful symbol of LGBTQ pride and its national month have come a long way since the social movement of the s. But June has been the month of LGBTQ pride marches and celebrations in commemoration of the Stonewall Inn riots since , the year after the riots commenced. Here's what actually happened leading up to that fateful night, and how the pride movement was shaped by those at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, In the decade prior to the Stonewall uprising, the LGBTQ movement attained heightened public visibility and was boosted by an environment full of other social movements that intersected with LGBTQ rights, including the Black power movement, second-wave feminism, and Vietnam war protests.
Cities including San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle were also hosting parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between New York police and patrons of the Stonewall Inn that sparked the gay rights movement. Organizers expected , people to parade and hundreds of thousands more to line the streets to watch. It was not the only show in town. A smaller Queer Liberation March started at 9.
All six played a critical role in the gay rights movement. Another was home to a number of lesbian and feminist groups in the s and s. Since then, the commission has conferred landmark status on individual buildings and on neighborhoods based mainly on architectural significance and historical merit. But over the years the commission has also granted landmark protection based on historical or cultural significance.