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FLASHBACK: Christopher Street Liberation Day (June 28, 1970)

June 28, 1970 in LGBTQ history: The idea of a gay pride parade is born…

On the morning of June 28, 1970, community members in New York City met at 53 Christopher Street near the Stonewall and marched up 6th Avenue to Central Park to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Part political rally, part attempt to build a safe community for homosexuals and lesbians, the march started with only a few hundred people at Stonewall, but by the time it concluded in Central Park it had grown to a crowd of several thousand.

This event was then known as Christopher Street Liberation Day, and is now considered the first gay pride parade.

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