HAPPY PRIDE! Today marks the beginning of Pride month, commemorating the uprising that began at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, after police raided the premises on June 28, 1969. The uprising, which continued into the early days of July, is credited with beginning the modern gay rights’ movement in the United States.
The first official Pride marches were held in New York the following year. Since then, Pride has grown into a month-long, worldwide celebration in recognition of LGBTQ+ rights, and the continued need to fight for equality. Around the world, LGBTQ+ groups, nonprofits, and organizations will host numerous Pride events, both in person and virtual, to promote the ongoing need for LGBTQ+ visibility and political rights.
The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which is the official nonprofit of the Stonewall Inn, kicks off Pride month with a virtual concert on June 1 (8 p.m. EST, streaming on YouTube.com/LogoTV and Facebook.com/LogoTV). The concert will feature performances by a multitude of queer artists and allies, including Lea DeLaria, Demi Lovato, Shea Diamond, Margaret Cho, Angelica Ross, Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner, Angelica Torres, House speaker Nance Pelosi, “Drag Race” stars Jiggly Caliente, Rosè, and Sasha Velour, and many more. Proceeds for the concert will benefit LGBTQ+ nonprofit centers and organizations which offer safe spaces in urban environments around the country, particularly in parts of the country that are hostile to LGBTQ+ people.
Throughout the month, GO will provide up-to-date information on events and happenings in the United States and around the world to help you celebrate Pride safely, virtually or in person.