June is LGBT Pride Month, a time when we observe the history of the gay liberation movement in America. The celebrations we see today are characterized by parades all over the country where gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex or asexual people can come together to be seen and heard in their communities.
Taking inspiration from the racially focused Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Americans simultaneously began advocating for gay rights by organizing public demonstrations and protesting the oppressive mindset that surrounded them. Pride celebrations as we know them today honor the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, where a police raid was conducted at the Stonewall Inn, a popular local gay bar. The mounting tension between homosexual and homophobic crowds came to a head on June 28th and for several nights after this raid, New York City saw many other riots and demonstrations.
The Gay Rights Movement made its way to Houston in June of 1977. In response to Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign and her anti-gay rhetoric, thousands of Houston's citizens congregated at City Hall to protest Bryant's efforts to repeal the first major antidiscrimination laws put in place in America.
Our first pride parade took place two years later in 1979 along Westheimer, and today Pride Houston hosts one of the many parades taking place in major cities across the United States. Celebrate equality for all during Houston Pride Week, taking place from June 19th through June 26th!
Visit the Houston Area Digital Archives to look through Houston's United We Stand timeline!
Here, HPL has your guide to LGBT books, media, articles and more!