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Gay Pride is an annual gay pride parade in some countries and cities which has multiple events, including street marches, rallies, parties, performances and more.

For over a decade it’s grown into one of the largest human rights demonstrations in the world. It’s also known for its colorful aspects (and some controversy), with some parades featuring more lavender than red. It takes place on or around June 26th to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Many people celebrate that year by attending Gay Pride gatherings globally with many events taking place simultaneously around the world..

More about Gay Pride: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_pride

The concept of Gay Pride began to take form in the aftermath of World War II. In the 1950s in the USA, “desperately frightened survivors sought refuge in bars”. It was there that many gay people felt they could come together and be themselves. This gave birth to the modern Gay movement which all began at the Stonewall Inn, The bar is still there today under new ownership. Or if you want to read about it, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_Riots

Gay pride parades are often started by groups or individuals who are against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. These groups and individuals often hold similar rallies and protests in their city, state, district and country and they may march and raise awareness for LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual/transsexual/intersex) issues. The goal of these groups is to allow homosexuals to show themselves in public spaces without fear of being outcasted or discriminated against. These demonstrations are also done in order to gain media attention for the cause. “Gay pride parades are often associated with politics, advocacy, social issues which promote freedom of sexual orientation, religious freedom, the right to privacy etc.”

Source: http://www.ampp3d.com/news/travel-news/how-to-travel-to-gay-pride-protestors

The Stonewall riots are one of the most significant events in the modern history of gay rights. It is now widely regarded as marking the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in the United States, although many think it began earlier with other resistance to discrimination. The riots are frequently called “the spark that ignited a movement”. However, no single event caused the Stonewall riots; rather they were a culmination of incidents that came earlier in 1969. The Stonewall Inn was one of several establishments raided by police officers on June 28, 1969. Tensions between New York City police and gay residents had been growing for several years. However, this particular raid sparked a riot because the events leading up to it had been very incendiary, including a bar raid less than two weeks before in which several patrons were beaten by police during a raid of Arthur Schatz’s Snake Pit. The anger about the prior raid spilled over into the streets and exploded in a violent protest fueled by late-night alcohol consumption. The riots gained coverage from the New York Post and from The Village Voice, both of which were supportive of gay rights causes. This led to increased coverage by other media outlets and helped to draw a larger crowd to a second demonstration on July 4th at Christopher Park across from the original bar location.