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Why Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June

Stonewall at 50 Media
Posted at 12:59 PM, Jun 01, 2021

Pride Month is celebrated in June because it has to do with commemorating the 1969 riots near the Stonewall Inn bar in New York City.

On June 28, 1969, the bar, which was located on Christopher Street, was raided by New York City police officers because it was unlicensed. They were ordered to stop illegal alcohol sales, according to The Associated Press.

According to Baruch College, N.Y. State Liquor Authority often refused to give liquor licenses to bars that catered to gay customers.

The AP reported that people fought with officers, and objects were thrown.

A New York Times article, posted on Columbia University's website, said about 200 men were thrown out from the bar.

The riots ended on July 3.

Not long after the raid, the original bar closed. The current Stonewall Inn opened in the early 90s, the AP reported.

CNN said the Pride name is created by activist Brenda Howard, who organized the very first Pride parade.

She did it to mark the first anniversary of the uprising, CNN reported.