Gay pride month has always been in June in order to commemorate the Stonewall Riots.
On June 28, 1969, there was a police raid conducted at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in New York City. At the time, it was common for officials to target LGBT clubs and the community got fed up. That night, they fought back.
After the riot was halted by New York City police, demonstrations sprung up all around the city. The entire event was instrumental in the formation of many LGBT organizations, including the Gay Liberation Front.
On the heels of the terrifying Pulse shooting that occurred in Orlando, fear has infected the LGBT community.
Despite that, pride month has continued – defiant in the face of tragedy, hate, and terror. On Sunday, New York City, and several other areas, intend to hold their gay pride parades. Rain or shine, with or without fear, the parades will occur and LGBT pride will be celebrated.
Last year, the New York City gay pride parade boasted 20,000 participants and more than 2.5 million spectators. That parade happened on the heels of the legalization of gay marriage. Following the significant tragedy of the Pulse shooting, even more people are expected to turn up at this year’s celebration.