(Photo Credits: Ben Tavener from Curitiba, Brazil [CC BY 2.0])

It’s Pride Month 2019, guys! How will you celebrate it?  

This year’s celebration is extra special because it’s almost 50 years since the Stonewall riots, the event that had “served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.” 

Who knew that a routine raid at the Stonewall Inn (a bar located at the Greenwich Village in Manhattan that was selling alcohol without a license)—on the early hours of June 28, 1969—would spark the fire within the LGBTQ community’s hearts? 

During the raid, patrons who were not “wearing at least three articles of gender-appropriate clothing (said to have been a law in New York at the time)” were arrested. And the LGBT community who perhaps, had already had enough of the treatment, stood their ground and fought back together as if to say, “We are gay and we are here to stay.” What started as a raid ended in a riot that had lasted for five days and had seen at least 400 participants. And because of the Stonewall riots, gay newspapers and various organizations cropped up like the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) which “demands the freedom for expression of our dignity and value as human beings.” 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, New York City will host the World Pride 2019 and its parade is scheduled on June 30, 2019 (it will start at 26th St. and Fifth Ave.). The celebration, which will last all throughout the month of June, is called Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019. This year’s theme is “One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019.” Check out the complete list of events in New York here while you can browse other 2019 Pride parades and festivals near you, here

Take a look at what the netizens are saying online about this year’s Pride Month:

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It's Pride Month! Happy Pride Month to all of you who are part of the community. You're all valid and beautiful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. #Pride2019 #PrideMonth #PRIDE

— 🌈Cass, a Disaster Gay (@WingedHeart__) June 1, 2019

All that being said, how will you celebrate Pride Month 2019, guys? 

Happy Pride Month 2019, everyone!

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