1970 June 27

First Gay Pride Parade in Chicago


Chicago Gay Liberation held a gay rights parade in Chicago, one day ahead of the New York City Gay Pride March. These are the first two gay pride marches in the U.S. The 1970 marches were held to commemorate the Stonewall Inn Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969, which sparked the national lesbian and gay rights movement. (Actually, the Stonewall Inn disturbances lasted for several days.)

Watch a video on Chicago gay history: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI3s0i8bLVE&list=PL8EEDA8FCA3CF439B

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

Learn more at the Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org/

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

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