Midland should be an open, inclusive and safe community for all people. As your current councillor and now mayoral candidate, I pledge to continue to advance policy that fosters inclusivity.
From June 1 – 30, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies celebrate their identities, accomplishments, and reflect on the struggle for equality.
Why is Pride Month celebrated?
The reason why Pride Month is in June is that it marks the police raid that prompted the Stonewall riots – which in turn led to the establishment of LGBTQ+ rights.
The raid took place during the early morning on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
The venue was a popular gathering place for young gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.
Employees were arrested for selling liquor without a license, with police roughing up many of the patrons and clearing the bar.
The LGBTQ+ community held a series of demonstrations to protest against the raid and calling for the establishment of safe spaces for homosexual people – where they can congregate without fear of being arrested or becoming victims of violence.
These riots served as a catalyst for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.