The origins of Pride Month are rooted in the Stonewall riots of 1969.
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 the best-known and led to the creation of what we know as Pride today.
Frustrated by years of brutal persecution by the New York authorities, patrons of Manhattan gay bar the Stonewall Inn decided to fight back during one particular early morning raid in which 13 people were arrested. The Stonewall Riots also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, and catalyzed the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
That first Pride parade was held a year later after the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1970, in NYC. The parade began on Washington Place between Sheridan Square and Sixth Avenue and moved up Sixth Avenue, ending with a “Gay-In” in Central Park.