1970 June 28

First Gay Liberation Day (Gay Pride March) in New York City


The first Gay Liberation Day was celebrated by a parade in New York City, marking the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn Riots (see the separate event on this day, June 28, 1969). Parades were also held in San Francisco and Los Angeles and, on the previous day, in Chicago (see June 27, 1970).

Subsequent marches on Washington, DC for lesbian and gay rights occurred on October 14, 1979, October 11, 1987, and April 25, 1993.

The first lesbian and gay rights movement in the world originated in Berlin, Germany, in the 1860s. This included the invention of the word “homosexuality.” Read Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (2014).

View clips of San Francisco Marches, 1970–1980: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgEbgSvBIEg

Read: Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney, Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America (1999)

Go to the NYC Pride website: http://www.nycpride.org/

Learn more at a valuable documentary history: Jonathan Katz, ed., Gay American History: Lesbian and Gay Men in American History, A Documentary (1976)

Visit the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco: http://www.glbthistory.org/museum/

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