Pride Was a Riot: Eight Defining Moments in Pride Month History

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As Pride month draws to a close, there’s no better time look at the history of the LGBTQ liberation movement.

From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, Pride month has long been a time for celebration, activism and progress in the LGBTQ community.

Here are eight monumental events in LGBTQ history that took place during Pride month and brought us to where we are now.

1969: The Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Riots are credited with sparking the modern LGBTQ rights movement. But at the time, it was simply an outpouring of bottled-up anger towards the police.

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The Stonewall Inn was one of the most popular places for gay men, lesbians, drag queens and trans women to gather in New York City—perhaps because it was one of the only places LGBTQ people were able to dance. 

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Inn and arrested several people…

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