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June: The Month of Pride & Love

June is here and love is definitely in the air as we welcome back Pride Month!! To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and its mark on the birth of the LGBTQ+ community, here are some photos to remind us of the movement and the hardships many went through in order to break free from strict societal standards.

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The Stonewall Inn

Image: Wikipedia
 The Stonewall Inn is gay bar located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. This tavern also happened to be the site of the Stonewall Riots that occurred in 1969. After the riots, gays in NYC faced many obstacles (gender, race, class, generational) in order to become a cohesive community. Within a few years of the uprising and riots, gay rights organizations were founded across the United States and around the world.

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Same-Sex Marriage 

 

Image: Outside the Beltway
Same-sex marriage in the United States expanded from one state in 2004 (Massachusetts) to all fifty states in 2015!!!! Massachusetts actually became the sixth jurisdiction in the world to legalize same-sex marriage — after the Netherlands, Belgium, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.

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Marsha P. Johnson

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Johnson was an African-American transgender woman and LGBTQ+ rights activist. She happened to be one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising. She was a founding member of different advocacy organizations like the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Johnson may have been tragically murdered, but her life and story lives on. She was a true inspiration and pioneer for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Gay Liberation Day March

Image: GLSEN
The first Gay Liberation Day March was held in New York City in 1970.

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Harvey Milk 

Image: GLSEN
Harvey Milk, an American politician, became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California in 1977. He was elected to be apart of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Though he only spent a short time in politics, Milk became an icon and martyr in the gay community.

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The First Rainbow Flag

Image: Wikipedia
Gilbert Baker raised the first-ever rainbow flag at the San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978. Baker was an American artist and gay rights activist that helped to define the modern LGBTQ+ community movement. The colors of the flag reflect the range of diversity within the community, making it a symbol of gay pride. Thank you, Gilbert!

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These are just many of the photos and historical moments that represent what we know as the modern LGBTQ+ movement. While it has not been an easy battle for the community, they have fought for equal rights and we celebrate them for that. Wilde Vertigga is a gender-fluid fashion line that loves anyone and everyone! We encourage people to express themselves freely, which is also what Pride Month is all about. Happy June and Happy Pride Month, everyone! Remember to spread the love!