Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots in New York 1969. At the time of the riots homosexual acts were still deemed illegal in every state in America, except Illinois. Bars and restaurants could be shut down for employing or serving gay people, although there were gay bars/clubs in New York these were mostly run by the Mafia who would pay corrupt police officers to look the other way. They would also blackmail and extort wealthy gay patrons and threaten to “out” them if they did not cooperate.
Police raids were common on bars that were thought to be catering for gay people but on this particular night, June 28th 1969, the patrons and employees fought back. This sparked the start of the new era for the LGBTQ community!
The following year on June 28th 1970 Brenda Howard, a bisexual activist also known as the 'Mother of Pride’ organised the first gay pride parade to set off from outside the Stonewall venue. The traditions continue still today as an opportunity to reflect on the enormous progress made towards equality and to also remind the world that there is still a lot of change and progression to be made!
To take a look at some more details of the stonewall riots please visit this link https://www.history.com/news/stonewall-riots-timeline.