In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided Greenwich Village gay bar the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't the first time—the dive bar was running without a liquor license and was a known gay bar at a time when same-sex relations were still illegal—but this time patrons had had enough. The true story of what happened that night is hard to know for sure. Stacker's history of it comes from a patchwork of accounts; there was only one picture taken of the patrons' clash with police. However, one thing is for sure: the days-long uprising became the foundation of the modern LGBTQ+ movement.
A year after the riots, in 1970, the first Pride event was held in New York City. Initially, Pride was a political demonstration that voiced the LGBTQ+ community's demands for equal rights and protections. Throughout the next 20 years, especially through the AIDS epidemic, more parades and demonstrations of a similar nature surfaced around the city and throughout the country.
Then, in 1991, Pride began to resemble what many people know it to be today. Parties, concerts, and other events started to spring up around the public demonstrations and marches, giving the protests a significantly more celebratory and joyful vibe. Pride slowly began transforming into “a celebration of queer life and sexuality in addition to a political and social demonstration,” according to The Human Rights Campaign.
In 2019, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association reports that 172 Pride Parades and Festivals would take place in more than 50 countries around the world.
To get a closer look at how Pride is celebrated around the globe, Stacker compiled a gallery showcasing 25 photographs from around the world to help readers get a better understanding of how each country, from Taiwan and India to Israel and South Africa, honors Pride.