From Raunchy to Respectable and Back
PRIDE marches on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot
Gay activism is usually dated from the Stonewall riots that began in June, 1969. PRIDE parades began a year later. New York City’s is usually the largest in the country, and sometimes the world. As more initials were added to the list of sexual identities and proclivities and crowds grew larger, politicians came to lead the parade. Now governors and mayors are the first to step off. Other elected officials aren’t far behind.
The first PRIDE marches were quite raunchy, in a time when displaying pubic hair or female nipples was considered obscene and could lead to arrests.