While celebrating Pride it is imperative to understand the history of where the movement gained its roots. Pride was not always a month where people covered themselves in rainbows and glitter. Pride started with protests, riots, and marginalization. Pride also started with Black and Brown lesbian women and transgender women at the helm of the movement. Activists and artists, such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie are credited with being on the front lines of justice for the LGBTQ+ community.
Since moves towards equality first began fro the LGBTQ+ community, we are still fighting for freedom and demanding that Black lives matter and Black trans voices need to be heard.
While landmark legislation has been passed and a new road is being paved, we still have a long way to go. The LGBTQ+ community is comprised of various intersections of gender, sexual orientation, race, and class. Until all these intersections are celebrated, uplifted, and heard we must continue to educate ourselves on the history of Pride.
This is a list of 16 key moments in LGBTQ+ history, but for a wide spectrum of understanding the history of Pride in a modern context listen to CHANNEL Q. CHANNEL Q is the first nationally syndicated LGBTQ+ radio station.