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Stonewall Inn riots: The history of protests that led to LGBT Pride month



With June come rainbows. They’re waving on flags, making the rounds on social media, and are plastered across t-shirts, mug, tote bags, and every other conceivable item of merchandise. The colorful symbol of LGBTQ pride and its national month have come a long way since the social movement of the 1970s.

The month of June has officially signified LGBTQ pride in the US since President Bill Clinton first declared it “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999 and 2000. But June has been the month of LGBTQ pride marches and celebrations in commemoration of the Stonewall Inn riots since 1970, the year after the riots commenced.

The Stonewall uprising has taken on an almost mythical reputation in the LGBTQ community and among allies during Pride month. Here’s what actually happened leading up to that fateful night, and how the pride movement was shaped by those at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969.

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