5 Most Touching Moments In Gay Pride History
In honor of the upcoming San Francisco gay pride parade, which is going down this Friday and Saturday (June 27th to 28th), we’ve decided to honor some the most memorable moments in the history of gay pride parades across The States. The first gay pride parade to be historically recognized occurred on June 28th, 1970, but technically it wasn’t a parade. It was a march known as “Christopher Street Liberation Day” (CSLD) to honor the success of the Stonewall Riot, which happened outside of an NYC gay club on Christopher Street in 1969.
1. Our number one most memorable moment is Pride Opening Day, 1970, A.K.A. CSLD.
Members of the march were chanting, “Say it clear, say it loud. Gay is good, gay is proud.” Fred Sargant touched many when he wrote his reflective memoir, “It was only after the march that these gay pioneers realized what might be possible. Of course, at the time, we could never have predicted that our efforts would lead to hundreds of millions of people gathering together around the world.”
2. Our second most memorable gay pride moment happened during NYC’s 44th Annual Pride Parade, which was especially full of pride this past year (2014).
As of January 1st, 2014, the Boy Scouts of America lifted their ban on the exclusion of gay Scout members. Boy Scouts from all generations paraded in celebration of the lift of the ban.
3. The third most touching pride parade moment was the participation of the Dutch national football team’s coach in Amsterdam’s 2013 Gay Pride Parade.
This was a very progressive moment for European football teams as a whole because there has long been and still is discrimination against gay professional athletes especially in Europe in recent years.
4. Our forth most memorable and perhaps most touching Gay Pride moment is when a group of LGBT supportive Christians showed up at the Chicago Pride parade with signs saying, “I’m sorry”.
This particular group of Christians is part of the Marin Foundation, which, “Was conceived as a means for Christians to apologize to the ways their fellow believers have caused harm”.
Faith in humanity restored.
5. Coming in last but not least has to be Chipotle’s rideable burrito float from NYC’s 2013 pride parade.
Chipotle already rocks literally everyone’s socks off, but let’s just take a moment to appreciate their burriot float as well as the amazing pins that they were handing out.
P.s. If you haven’t read this endearing note from a father to his gay son yet then read it ASAP.