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Gay Pride 101

Everything GLBT Teens Need to Know About Gay Pride Events & Pride Parades

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Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates the GLBT community. Until the 1970s, police across the country regularly raided GLBT bars and would drag people off to jail on fake charges, even if they weren't committing real crimes. But on June 27th, 1969, GLBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn had had enough and fought back when police tried to arrest them. This turned into what are often called the Stonewall Riots. These are seen by many as the birth of the Gay Rights Movement and they are why gay pride events often happen in June.

What is Gay Pride?

Gay Pride celebrates the GLBT community. This movement emerged in the 1960s. It came out of a time when mainstream society tended to view being GLBT as something shameful or inferior to being heterosexual. The term "Pride" was deliberately chosen counter the idea that there was something embarrassing or wrong with being gay. Many communities hold pride parades in June. Read more...

The Effect of Gay Pride on GLBT Teens

We are now four decades into the concept of Gay Pride. Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates the GLBT community. This movement emerged in the 1960s. It came out of a time when mainstream society tended to view being GLBT as something shameful or inferior to being heterosexual. So what has been the legacy of forty years of pride been for today's GLBT teens? Read more...

Can Teens Attend Gay Pride Events?

Sometimes events related to gay pride are for people who are over 18 or 21, but a lot of events are open to everyone, regardless of age. One of the best ways for teens to enjoy pride is to go to a Pride Parade. Read more...

What to Expect at Your First Gay Pride

If you want to know what to expect at your first Gay Pride event, just ask the Guide to Lesbian Life. She says, "If you've never been to gay pride, you may be anxious about what to expect at your first gay pride parade or celebration. Here are some tips for attending gay pride for the first time." Read more...

How Did the Rainbow Flag Come to Be a Symbol of Gay Pride?

The Guide to Gay Life tells us that, "The Rainbow (or Gay Pride) Flag was created by artist and vexillographer Gilbert Baker, a friend of the late Harvey Milk, in 1978. The flag debuted at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. It has since been used around the world as a symbol of LGBT unity in many variations." Read more...

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