|June Pride Month, 2018
Although LGBTQ rights groups have existed for decades, the modern day gay movement is traced to June 28, 1969 when patrons of a New York City Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, fought back during a raid by police. At that time, gay bar raids had become common in cities throughout the country. That night, patrons of the bar battled the police, and street demonstrations continued for several days. During that week, gay liberation organizations were formed, thus giving birth to the modern day LGBTQ rights movement.
In the four decades since Stonewall, the world has changed dramatically. The accomplishments, as well as some setbacks since that time are many. Although a lot has been accomplished during the past 49 years, there is still a long way to go.
Every year, Pride is commemorated and celebrated around the world in many different ways. Events include parades, marches, street festivals, athletic events, choral concerts, workshops, etc. The bottom line is that these events bring together millions of people worldwide.
Chicago commemorates and celebrates Pride with close to one hundred different events during June Pride Month (June 1 to 30). The Chicago Annual Pride Parade is scheduled each year for the last Sunday in June. The Chicago 49th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday June 24, 2018.