From Compton's Cafeteria to Stonewall: How 50 Years of Protest Evolved Into Pride Month

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June of 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of New York City's first Pride march, which took place one year after the 1969 Stonewall uprising. At the first New York City Pride parade, between 3,000 and 5,000 people marched. By 2019, 115,000 people would march in New York City's Pride parade, and an estimated 4,000,000 people would attend.

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association credits Pride parades and marches around the world with contributing to the increased visibility of and attention paid to LGBTQ+ rights movements worldwide. Learn about where and how the protests and confrontations that are now commemorated annually at Pride first took place to better understand LGBTQ+ history and progress.