June is the month for LGBTQ Pride, largely because that was the month of the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in New York. Most know about The Stonewall Inn and the history behind it, but can I interest you in a donut? What many claim was the first lgbtq uprising in the United States occurred ten years before Stonewall at Cooper Donuts in Los Angeles.
How about the Dewey’s Lunch Counter sit-in back in Philadelphia in 1965? That too was before Stonewall. The Compton's Cafeteria Riot occurred the following year in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Again before Stonewall, yet that is the one most folks know about. There have been other incidents where the lgbtq community stood up and fought back - some famous and some not as well known.
The parades and marches and celebrations during Pride Month every year (and in some places at other times) remember our history and bring us together to see that we continue down the path of equality, fairness, and justice. This is the weekend of some of the largest celebrations and many of you may be attending a parade. One of my favorite events every year is the TransMarch in San Francisco and today is the day. All the details are at http://www.transmarch.org/ including pictures from past events. The two day celebration in San Francisco is Saturday and Sunday with the annual parade taking place on Sunday morning. Go to http://www.sfpride.org/ for details of that. It's a huge event in New York City of course and https://www.nycpride.org/ tell you all you need to know. Big things have been going on all month in Toronto and this weekend wraps it all up with their parade on Sunday. All you need to know about them is at http://www.pridetoronto.com/
Of course there is still more of Pride Month, and we'll continue telling you about it here. Do feel free to share some information about your neck-of-the-woods in the comments section below! If you aren't able to attend any of them, at least at a donut in remembrance of the LA uprising at Cooper Donuts.