It’s been a little over a half of a century since The Stonewall Riots—a series of demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began on June 28, 1969—at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The Stonewall Riots became a symbol of resistance to the social and political discrimination of the time and it inspired solidarity among homosexual groups.

The following year, organizers seeking to build on the spirit of resistance held a march to Central Park with the theme of “Gay Pride.”  Since its beginning, Pride has expanded from that one political march and celebration to parades, parties, events, and rallies celebrating Pride across the globe.  In 2021, there are more than 150 official Pride festivals and events happening around the world.