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Celebrating Pride: a day later

June 29, 2009
from Chicago Pride Parade 2009 (right in my neighborhood!!!)

from Chicago Pride Parade 2009 (right in my neighborhood!)

We at GAB thought that we’d highlight a few of our favorite articles and pictures memorializing the Stonewall Riots (40th anniversary=yesterday, June 28) and celebrating gay pride in various parades around the world.  It is important to remember where these bright-colored, happy celebrations we call Pride stem from. In saying that, I want to highlight a quote from Jaclyn Friedman’s article at The American Prospect:

June is pride month, and I love a flashy parade as much as the next person. But on this 40th anniversary of Stonewall, it falls to all of us to remember that the first pride event wasn’t a rave — it was a riot. And we’re still living under a system that dictates whose bodies are free and whose aren’t. Who gets to pursue pleasure and who’s a pervert. Never mind that we’re not hurting anyone. Never mind “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” In America, in 2009, LGBT bodies are still illegal, immoral, and in danger.

This must end now. We must stop waiting for opportune moments. –Read the full article here.

The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village NY, 1969

The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village NY, 1969

More articles on Stonewall and Pride parades

Gay Pride Parade marks 40th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots by AP at Huffington Post

Pride Worldwide by Mandy Van Deven at Bitch blogs

The Real Stonewall Legacy by Jaclyn Friedman at The American Prospect

Stonewall 1949-1969: The Back Story by Suzan at womenborntransexual.com

Stonewall At Forty: Gay Rights Hits Middle Age by Marc Acito at NPR news

Stonewall 40th Anniversary by Monica at TransGriot.

Stonewall Plus Forty by Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker

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