Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Interesting Facts: Gay Pride


I've posted something like this before, but I never seem to get enough of these things. And someone e-mailed me and asked me to post about gay pride again. So I'm doing it now.

I always felt cheated, in a way, because I missed out on all the beginnings of gay pride. For this reason, I rarely ever write about it in fiction. But I'm going to have to rectify this soon. It's part of the culture and it's the one time most of us can all come together and be one.

Here's the link.

Here's an interesting fact from the link:

The original rainbow flag had eight colors. It included hot pink and turquoise, symbolizing sexuality and art. These colors were taken out later due to production constraints and the need for design symmetry.

Here's another link about the history of gay pride.

And here's an excerpt:

After the Stonewall riots in 1969, many LGBT people—even those that did not witness the rebellion—were inspired to contribute to the cause. Gay rights had entered the national spotlight. LGBT people began organizing, protesting and mobilizing. On July 4, 1969, a year after the Stonewall riots, the Mattachine Society along with Frank Kameny, Craig Rodwell, Randy Wicker, Barbara Gittings, Kay Lahusen and many others, picketed in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia in what was called the Annual Reminder. The protest was quiet and organized to the dismay of Craig Rodwell who felt Frank Kameny and Mattachine's methods of calm protest were not enough.

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