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what is Pride? 

 
 

HISTORY OF PRIDE

Pride has its roots in protest – a protest against oppression and discrimination at the Stonewall Inn, New York City in 1969. A bar used by some of the most marginalised LGBT people in the city - drag queens, homeless youth, sex workers, queer people of colour and the trans community - was raided on 28th June

1969 in Manhattan. The community had endured countless acts of intimidation over decades and that night fought back against the Police and city officials. It was violent and bloody.

The fight back was repeated the next evening and again that same week.
soon the community had organised themselves to create new safe spaces where they didn’t need to fear being arrested. Organisations started to appear in other cities. A movement had begun.

One year later, the Stonewall Riots were commemorated with Pride events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

London soon held its first Pride event in 1972 and by the mid 70s there were Pride events happening across the world: Helsinki in 1975, Turin in 1978, Mexico City, Berlin and Cologne in 1979.

Scotland would take some time to catch up, another 23 years in fact! On 17th June 1995, Pride Scotland, organised by members of Edinburgh University’s LGBT Society, set off with a march from Barony Street to The Meadows.

Pride had finally come to Scotland.

TAKEN FROM THE BIG SCOTTISH PRIDE REPORT 2018
THE FULL REPORT CAN BE READ
HERE

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