Pride has its origins in the riots following raids on New York City’s LGBT community, specifically the Stonewall Inn, back on June 28th, 1969.
The community fought back resisted intimidation and arrests, and within 6 months had formed the first gay activist organisations in the World in order to organise safe places for the community to meet and to begin the long political fight for equality.
On 28th June 1970, the first ‘gay pride’ marches were held in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco in commemoration of the events a year earlier at the Stonewall Inn – the LGBT Pride movement was born.
Pride remains a vital element in creating a highly visible space to remember the fight for equality here in Scotland and around the World. It also offers a chance to celebrate our achievements as a community and tackles stereotypes in places where LGBT may not be as visible.