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Posted by: Maggie Schroedter on Jul 15, 2021

During the early morning hours of June 28, 1968, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village in New York City. Officers forced customers and workers into police vehicles. Rather than dispersing the crowd as had occurred during past raids, those remaining starting cheering and the crowd mushroomed. According to several accounts, a clubgoer shouted at onlookers, “Why don’t you guys do something!” And they did. The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, sparked six days of protests and clashes with police officers. Leaders among this crowd included prominent trans women such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.1
 
SD Pride was formed in 1974 and produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego to celebrate the Stonewall Rebellion. Pride is celebrated in San Diego all year long, however from July 10-18, SD Pride hosts a series of events to celebrate the diversity of our community. I encourage our members to learn about the history of the Stonewall Rebellion and the gay rights movement, and to celebrate our diversity during this fun and eventful week!

1https://www.history.com/topics/gay-rights/the-stonewall-riots


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