June 1 marks the beginning of Pride Month. Cities across the country and around the world will hold events throughout the month, a celebration of learning and events surrounding the LGBTQ community. CBS2's Dick Brennan reports.
- And celebrations of learning at events surrounding issues in the LGBTQ community will be held all month across the area.
- It's been more than 50 years of a continued struggle. CBS Two's, Dick Brennan, joins us with that story. Dick.
DICK BRENNAN: Well Christine and Maurice, the story and events surrounding the birth of the gay rights movement are deeply woven into the history of New York City. From the riots at Stonewall to the millions who participated in Pride marches, it's all central to the LGBTQ community.
- The official theme for New York City pride this year is the fight continues. And as Sue Doster, co-chair of New York City pride, tells us, there is a continued battle for equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community.
SUE DOSTER: It was a call to action. Don't get too relaxed, there is still a lot we need to do.
- The call to action that started the modern day movement began here at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. It was June 28th 1969, residents of Greenwich Village had finally taken a stand against police raids on gay bars. The violent confrontation led to days of protests but ultimately a community ready to stand together--
SUE DOSTER: Standing up in the face of authority, mostly marginalized Black Brown trans people at Stonewall, it's the time when the community found its voice and said enough.
- In 1970 the first Pride March was organized. Then known as the Christopher Street gay liberation day. It's estimated that 5,000 people marched from Christopher Street to Central Park. In the early days of pride, our outreach was limited to how much postage we could afford.
- In the years that followed, the March has grown exponentially.
SUE DOSTER: We had over 5 million people come to New York City to celebrate World pride that was in 2019. Just three years earlier in 2016, Stonewall and Christopher park were officially designated national monuments.
- It's amazing to be recognized as the first LGBTQ National Monument. We are a part of American history.
- As for this year's Pride March on June twenty seventh, the importance of the Stonewall Inn remains a constant.
KURT KELLY: Being one of the original safe spaces where people could come and feel free to be who they are. We tried to keep it open throughout the whole COVID as much as possible.
DICK BRENNAN: Now, there's a live virtual kickoff event through the Stonewall gives back initiative tonight. And it features singer Demi Lovato and the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi among others. Kristine and Maurice.
- All right, Dick thank you.