Saturday, June 27, 2009

Like a Group of Lions

It's Gay Pride 2009 here in NYC today. The Village will be a seething mass of happy humanity all day and night. There will, of course, be quieter moments, times to mark memories. Specifically, this year is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I knew it was a big event in the LGBT community but didn't know exactly what happened so today, in honor of Pride and to share with you, fair internet, I looked it up. There was a time when establishments serving LGBT patrons were targeted for shake downs. The police would routinely raid gay bars, appropriating money and arresting patrons. On June 27, 1969 in the midst of a raid on the Stonewall Inn a riot was sparked. No one knows what it was, could have been a lesbian resisting arrest or a drag queen inciting the crowd with a fierce pose but the LGBT community fought back for the first time, much to the surprise of the raiders.

So today we celebrate standing up for who we are and what we believe in. We celebrate those we love and what they deserve. We stand proud and thank those before us who struck a defiant pose.

Happy Pride, y'all!


  1. It's Pride weekend here too! Wahoo!!! GLITTER!!!

  2. It's Pride everywhere across the country!!! And I am busy packing. I think my movers f@*cked up the date etc. UGH! LOL! Happy pride!

  3. Steph1:15 PM

    Yay Pride. I think I might actually be walking in the parade tomorrow. I figure why not do it once just to live it. Also it's better on that side of the fence than in the crowds.

  4. I wasn't sure if Pride was the same week nationally. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

    Oh you should definitely march if you have a chance, Steph. Never miss a parade if you can help it, too much fun and I agree, it's much more fun on the marching side of the crowd.


  5. i didn't know it was national on the same dates either! awesome! one of these summers...we ALL need to be in the same parade!

    oy with the glitter already.

    ps, it's hotter than ass here. another day over 100. sweaty glitter tomorrow.

  6. I just got back from the parade! It was so much fun. The energy was great and it was actually very moving at times. The "let my two dads marry" signs got to me.

  7. I forgot it was Pride weekend entirely. Shucks.

  8. It was fun! so much pride xD