June has only been federally recognized as Pride Month since 2000, when Bill Clinton deemed it “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month,” and Barack Obama picked up the mantle and throughout his presidency named June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” But Pride, as we’ll shorthand it, has a lot more history than the last 17 years.
“You've been treating us like shit all these years?"
"Uh-uh. Now it's our turn!... It was one of the greatest moments in my life.” — Sylvia Rivera
There’s some conflict of what exactly happened next that escalated the violence — did Marsha P. Johnson throw the first brick and break a police car window? Did Sylvia Rivera? Was it Stormé DeLarverie that was being roughed up by the cops that caused the tense mob to rise up? Regardless, many well known activists and community members of the early queer liberation movement were there, and the Stonewall Riots are credited with the birth of a new wave of 1970s’ queer resistance and rebellion. The riots lasted for six days, and when they were done, several demonstrations, activist groups, and marches had arisen from the wreckage.