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THE STORY OF
by Scottie Campbell, Marketing Specialist
n the early morning hours of the June 28, 1969, the
Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of
New York City became the unlikely catalyst for the struggle
of LGBT+ rights.
At that time, there were laws against being homosexual
which extended to prohibiting the sale of alcohol to
homosexuals and dancing with someone of the same
gender was illegal. Additionally, archaic laws were often
used to arrest people who wore clothes that were not
considered of their gender. Stonewall was owned by
the Mafia and able to allow skirt these laws through
arrangements with officials. However, members of the
LBGT+ community were routinely the target of police
harassment and raids. Though myth, memory and
mayhem make piecing together the specifics of Stonewall
challenging, on June 28, 1969, the bar patrons decided to
stand their ground against a police raid.
The resultant riot or, as it is often referred to, uprising lasted
for five days. Occurring in the context of the civil rights
and feminist movements, the rebellious act became a
Paint with Pride –
Thursday, June 3, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 22, 2 p.m.
Create simple watercolor artwork
inspired by the picture book, And
Tango Makes Three. Celebrate Pride
with a march of colorful penguins!
Pride at Home:
A Pride Month Celebration
Saturday, June 26, 4 p.m.
Celebrate all things Pride with
inclusive stories, rainbow
experiments and a quick dive into
Pride history! Recommended ages
Craft with Pride
Sewing – Pride Face Mask
Confident Beginner Level
Friday, June 11, 10 a.m.–Noon
Create a custom face mask in Pride
colors using quilting techniques!
Let’s Crochet Rainbow Earrings
Friday, June 4, 2–3:30 p.m.
Create colorful rainbow earrings in
a cheerful puff stitch! Practice tiny
crochet and show off your Pride with
this cute project. Recommended for
ages 13 and up.
Let’s Crochet Rainbow
Confident Beginner Level
Friday, June 11, 2 p.m.
Make a festive heart garland using a
medley of beginner crochet stitches!
We will be using single, double, half
double and treble to work up this
Celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+)
Pride month with crafts to decorate
yourself or your home.
Love is Love
Wednesday, June 16, 4 p.m.
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with
trivia, pop culture references and a craft.
Recommended for ages 13–18.
In 1970, on the anniversary of the uprising, the first
Pride marches occurred in New York City, Los Angeles
and Chicago. Organization of the New York City march
was haphazard – the parade permit was received two
hours before start, for example – to the point that some
participants recount it as being impromptu. Still, according
to The New York Times, that first march took up the entire
street of about 15 city blocks. More cities, including
international ones, joined the next year and New York City’s
march grew to 51 city blocks.
June gradually became known as Pride month and was
officially designated “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in the last
two years of the Clinton administration (1999–2000). For
various reasons, some cities have opted to celebrate Pride in
other months as Orlando has. Our celebration was branded
Come Out With Pride in 2005 and moved to October to
coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
Favorable weather is often cited as the impetus for the
move, but the growing popularity of Gay Day at Disney, and
the subsequent expansion of events surrounding it, made it
challenging to compete for attention.
On June 24, 2016, Stonewall Inn received designation as a
U.S. National Monument, which includes Christopher Park
and the block of Christopher Street bordering the park. It is
the first National Monument dedicated to LGBT+ rights and
Supporting Survivors in
the LGBTQ+ Community
Thursday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.
Victim Service Center of Central Florida
(VSC) discusses a wide range of topics
the LGBTQ+ community faces. Trigger
Warning: Content covers types of trauma
including sexual assault.