WHEN YOU CELEBRATE PRIDE AND SUPPORT LGBTQ PEOPLE, YOU SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY!
Early in the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that had become a staple of New York City's underground gay community. Tired of the ongoing raids, community members fought back during the raid, sparking what would become known as The Stonewall Riots.
A year later, the first Gay Pride March was held in New York City to commemorate The Stonewall Riots. The New York Times reported that the marches took up the entire street for about 15 city blocks. The march took a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ people, and started an important movement that would only spread and grow.
Fast forward to today, where annual Pride celebrations are held across the globe to promote the self-affirmation, dignity and equal rights of LGBTQ people, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.
The inaugural Pride Franklin County, Pa., was held on August 5, 2018 at Wilson College. Over 1,000 people were in attendance. Today, Pride Franklin County as grown beyond one annual festival to include multiple annual events, a listing of LGBTQ+ affirming businesses/organizations, and building a community of support, encouragement, and visibility for LGBTQ+ neighbors and their allies. Learn how to GET INVOLVED!