Today we will discuss LGBT Pride in this article. There are many interesting facts around LGBT Pride that people are not aware about. For those who don’t know, June is LGBT Pride Month, and this is the last day of June at the time of writing this article. So, we thought we should take this opportunity to bring you some facts that you may or may not know about LGBT Pride. Here you’ll find several such fun facts, keep on reading.
Annual Reminders: In the nineteen fifties and sixties, organizations such as the “Mattachine Society” and the “Daughters of Bilitis” organized protests that became almost a blueprint for the LGBT rights movement. Those two organizations organized pickets called “Annual Reminders” that tried to spread awareness among American people about the fact that LGBT individuals were not getting the same rights. “Annual Reminders” began in 1965 and was held every July 4 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. These occurred several years before the “Stonewall Riots.”
First Gay pride parade: The first Gay pride parade was held on Christopher Street Liberation Day on 28th June of 1970, marking the first anniversary of the “Stonewall Riots.” It started off on Christopher Street and stretched 51 blocks to Central Park, and according to The New York Times, the parade stretched fifteen blocks filling up the entire street.
The largest gay pride parade: The city that held the largest gay pride parade goes to, São Paulo, Brazil. Brazil’s annual LGBT Pride Parade has been held since 1997 on the Avenida Paulista or Paulista Avenue. It took the record as the largest gay pride parade in the world in the year of 2006 when the organizers declared that approximately three million people attended the event. And what’s a Pride Parade without Pride flags, right? For those don’t know, the current rainbow flag of six colors isn’t the original design for the LGBT Pride flag. And our next fact is about the flag.
Colors of LGBT Pride flag: The original flag actually contained eight colors. The original flag was designed on 25th June 1978 by an artist from San Francisco, named Gilbert Baker. He would originally have designed the pride flag to have eight colors with each color meaning a specific thing. But, after November 27, 1978 (the day of the assassination of Harvey Milk), demand for Pride flags increased. Due to the increase of demand for Pride flags, Mr. Baker decided to drop the pink color from the flag. The reason being was the lack of enough pink fabric available to him. In 1979, the flag was modified again to even out the colors, and he ended up dropping the turquoise color. The reason being when the Pride flags were being hung on Market Street, the center pole actually blocked one of the colors and was not be able to be seen. And that became the Pride flag that we know today. And of course, would be a Pride parade without the Dykes on Bikes?
Dykes on Bikes: The Dykes on Bikes have been a staple at the front of many Pride parades in the United States. In 1976, a group of 20 to 25 women motorcyclists decided to gather at the front of the San Francisco Pride Parade. One of those women in the group coined the term Dykes on Bikes, and the San Francisco Chronicle decided to go with it. For years after that, every Pride parade, the women would gather together without any type of organization. As the Pride parade decided to get more structured, that’s when they decided to form the Dykes on Bikes organization which later became the Women’s Motorcycle Contingent. The aim of the Women’s Motorcycle Contingent or Dykes on Bikes is to encompass all of those that are bike enthusiasts within the LGBT community.