Scenes from this year’s Mumbai Pride Parade which took place on January 31st and saw a bustling crowd of over 6000 LGBTQ supporters walk the streets of South Mumbai  

We’re approaching the middle of LGBT Pride Month, and this week we’ll explore some of the historical roots which ground us – as individuals and as communities – where we are today. As Ngoc Loan Tran (@rustandyearningswrites:

The events of June 28th, 1969 wrote queer and trans folks into history permanently. While the Stonewall Riots that began on that night were not the first time the LGBT community retaliated against anti-queer and trans violence (see: the Compton Cafeteria riot of August 1966), the Riots are often regarded as the spark that began the ‘gay liberation movement.’ The Riots were an intentional disruption of the routine police raids that took place at the popular Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

The Riots served as a catalyst for queer and trans* folks, particularly those living in New York City, to come together and work towards building a community invested in actively resisting targeted violence. A year after Stonewall, cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City held their first ‘Gay Pride’ marches to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Riots that started it all.

As queer Asians, we carry multiple legacies of struggle, resistance, and survival. Let’s celebrate each other and the transformative power our communities have built over the past several decades.



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