September 16, 2020
Fifty years ago, this month, New York police declared an early morning raid on a small Greenwich village bar; popular with the members of the gay community. This further on, sparked the Stonewall riots which ushered the modern battle for LGBT rights in the US.
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by the New York City police. It was a common police practice at the time for bars frequented by the LGBTQ+ community. However, that night saw a positive change. That particular night, instead of giving in, a group of brave individuals stood up. What followed were five nights of protests for LGBTQ+ rights, setting in motion, the next 50 years of Pride.
After that, LGBTQ+ rights’ organizations began to spring up across the US and around the world. On November 2, 1969, Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes proposed the first pride march to be held in New York City, like a resolution, at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organisations (ERCHO) meeting in Philadelphia. Protests which began since then, pioneered the Pride movement and it spread across boundaries.
Hence, on June 27 and 28, 1970, the first Pride parade commemorating Stonewall,took place in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.
Today, Pride parades span 174 cities in 46 countries worldwide. Its celebration keeping alive the legacy of those who stood up 50 years ago.
Google contributes with a Doodle
Google has dedicated today’s doodle to mark 50 years of Pride and acceptance of the LGBTQI community. The doodle takes us through the Pride history, starting from 1969. It was then that the community collectively started fighting for its identity, rights, and dignity. The artist Nate Swinehart has used various hues identified with the community to walk the viewers through the last five decades of the Pride parade.
“The Pride Parade is a symbol of celebration and liberation for the entire LGBTQ+ community”, said Nate Swinehart, the brain behind the slideshow. “From its early days of activism on Christopher Street in New York City to the worldwide celebrations of today, it has empowered and given voice to a bright and vibrant community”.
Over the years, Google has taken a high-profile stance in support of gay rights. In 2008, the company announced its opposition to Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage measure that California voters ultimately approved.
To mark June as Gay and Lesbian Pride month, Google has traditionally added a rainbow to the right side of the search bar when users search for “gay,” “lesbian,” “transgender,” or related terms. This year’s return on those search terms is a graphic depicting Pride celebrations around the world.
Source: Google, News 18. com