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Pride Around the World: Celebrating Diversity in Global LGBTQ+ Community

On June 28, 1969, New York City's Public Morals Division conducted a raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located at 43 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. While raids were not uncommon, this particular day marked a turning point as the patrons fought back, leading to riots with people clashing in the streets and setting cars aflame. This event, known as the Stonewall Uprising, became a monumental moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights.

Exactly one year later, on June 28, 1970, Brenda Howard, a bisexual activist, organized the first Pride event to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Named Christopher Street Liberation Day in honor of the bar’s address, this event sparked a movement, with celebrations spreading to cities like Boston, London, Paris, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles in subsequent years.

Today, Pride and other LGBTQ+ visibility events are held in 105 countries worldwide, with over half hosting these events both within and outside their capital cities. The goals of these events are to raise awareness, advocate for change, build community, collaborate, and celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community.

Notable celebrations around the world include New York City's Pride celebration. The theme for 2024 is “Reflect. Empower. Unite,” marking the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. 

Berlin, Germany, celebrates Christopher Street Day (CSD). The first celebration in Berlin took place on June 30, 1979, bringing together 450 peaceful protesters. Today, around 1 million people are expected to participate in CSD Berlin.

Last year, the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade attracted 5 million people. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, São Paulo Pride holds the title of the “largest pride” in the world. It is officially a five-day event, with the parade being the main highlight. 

The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969, ignited a global movement for LGBTQ+ rights, forever transforming the fight for equality. The subsequent commemoration laid the foundation for Pride events, which have since grown into worldwide celebrations of LGBTQ+ visibility and activism. These events serve not only as a tribute to past struggles but also as a powerful platform for advocating for change, fostering community, and celebrating diversity.


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