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5 Things You Likely Didn’t Know About LGBT Pride

Posted on: November 19, 2014

Okay, LGBT Pride month is way gone, I get it. But being reminiscent of summer and all the courageous and inspiring LGBT people I have in my life, I found some interesting facts about LGBT Pride and the community at large that may be new news to some of you. The formation of LGBT Pride has more roots than one might expect. Here are five facts you may have never heard about LGBT Pride: gay-pride-parade

  1. In the early morning hours of June 28th in 1969, police raided New York’s Greenwich Village bar, the Stonewall Inn. Although the NYPD was raiding many places at this time, it was the first time queer people stood up to them. With the entire bar’s patronage and over a hundred spectators outside, they decided that was enough.
  2. Stonewall Inn, like a majority of the city’s gay bars, was owned and being run by the New York Mafia. Because any place that sold alcohol to gay customers was at risk of having its liquor licenses revoked, mobsters would pay off the police so they could monopolize this lucrative niche market.
  3. Another great thing came from a gay bar but in LA two years earlier. Police raided the Black Cat Tavern and the patrons fought back and eventually began to protest. But two of the patrons were so enraged they started up what became one of the largest LGBT magazines, The Advocate.
  4. The Greek Lambda symbol was also a commonly used Gay Rights symbol prior to the Rainbow Flag.
  5. The first ever rainbow flag made its debut at the San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978. San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed it. The colors represent: Hot Pink (sexuality), Red (life), Orange (healing), Yellow (sunlight), Green (nature), Turquoise (magic/art), Blue (serenity/harmony) and violet (spirit).
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