Before PRIDE, it was a RIOT

Before PRIDE, it was a RIOT

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pride March that is officially known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March.

In light of its anniversary and the BLM movement, we want to recognize the Black trans women that led it as well as to see how far we’ve come and the work there is still left to do.

STONEWALL INN

Often known as Stonewall, this was a gay bar that became the site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement

STONEWALL RIOTS

On June 27-28, 1969, police raided the bar and the crowd erupts as an act of resistance

SYLVIA RIVERA

She was a Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist and one of the two transgender women of color to have resisted arrest during the riots and allegedly throw the second molotov cocktail

MARSHA P. JOHNSON

She was a Black activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor that was said to have started the Stonewall Riots and is one of the key figures at the center of NY’s gay liberation movement

First Pride Parade

On June 28, 1970, several hundred people marched from Stonewall Inn towards Central Park, becoming the first Pride Parade and sparking global gay rights movements