Sunday, June 24, 2018. New York City – New Yorkers celebrated the biggest LGBTQ Pride March in the United States of America. This year, the NYC March celebrated 49 years.
In 2019, it will be the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. 49 years ago, Transgender people and others in the LGBTQ community and their allies said: Enough police raids. Enough arrests. Enough humiliation. Enough harassment. Enough homophobia. After 49 years, the homophobia in the NYPD is still a problem.
Prominent figures in the vanguard of the Stonewall uprising in 1969 were Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Ray Rivera, Jackie Hormona, Zazu Nova, Birdie Rivera, Stormé DeLarverié, Allyson Allante, Maria Ritter, Tammy Novak, Dario Modon, Wayne County, Christine Hayworth and Miss Peaches.
“I remember when someone threw a Molotov cocktail, I thought, “My god, the revolution is here. The revolution is finally here!”_ Sylvia Rivera. American Transgender activist.
People marched in Central Park, Manhattan during the nation’s first gay Pride March on June 28, 1970. The event was held on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion), when members of the LGBTQ community clashed with police who had raided the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, NYC. Thanks to Transgenders, Drag Queens, Lesbians and others, people in the LGBTQ community have more rights today.
“In 2019, NYC Pride welcomes WorldPride as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation,” says NYCPride.org. They add, “We all celebrate Pride in different ways, which is why you’ll find over 50 different official and partner events offered during WorldPride NYC / Stonewall50.”
In 2019, the celebration will be from June 1 to June 30. The last event will be the famous NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30.