I couldn’t have more LGBTQ pride if I tried. Every June, I, as well as many others, reflect on the history of LGBTQ. Specifically, we reflect on the 1969 Stonewall riots that took place in Manhattan after a safe haven for the gay community was raided by police. As we enter this month of reflection and celebration, I decided to dedicate this blog to share some monumental moments in LGBTQ history. I want to shine light on these moments for those who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and other sexuality and gender identities) and fought hard for their basic human rights to love and overall, equality.
PRIDE: HISTORY OF LGBTQ+
Below are a handful of moments in history. I highly recommend you all to read this timeline for more important moments in the LGBTQ history. If I could mention all of them in this blog, let me tell you, I would!
The first gay pride marches were held in multiple cities across the United States on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The board of the American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Harvey Milk wins a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and is responsible for introducing a gay rights ordinance protecting gays and lesbians from being fired from their jobs.
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Over 100,000 people gathered in support of gay and lesbian rights.
The Democratic Rules Committee states that it will not discriminate against homosexuals. The Democrats become the first major political party to endorse a homosexual rights platform.
Hundreds of thousands of activists take part in the National March on Washington to demand that President Ronald Reagan address the AIDS crisis.
Created by the New York-based Visual AIDS, the red ribbon is adopted as a symbol of awareness and compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS.
The U.S. Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” that allowed gay and lesbian people to serve in the military. They would not be asked their sexual orientation during enlistment screening.
Vermont becomes the first state in the U.S. to legalize civil unions and registered partnerships between same-sex couples.
The Matthew Shepard Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.
Obergefell v. Hodges (Supreme Court Decision). This decision mandated that all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to legally marry.
As we gather to parade, party, march, and join many other demonstrations of unity to celebrate and support the LGTBQ community this month, remember to always let love win. Let equality win!
Throughout this month, you will see Sacred Child Beauty highlight all things pride. Follow along on our Instagram!
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