We will never stop fighting on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Each year, Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ community — it’s also a time for us to recommit ourselves to the fight for full equality.
For decades, California has been at the forefront of this fight. As Trump and his hateful administration renew their attacks on the LGBTQ community, it could not be more important for us to remember our state’s proud history. Below are just a few moments to look back on as we look ahead toward 2020:
While the origins of Pride Month can be traced back to the Stonewall uprising in New York City in 1969, the nation’s first-ever Pride festival actually happened right here in California — in Los Angeles in 1970! (San Francisco’s Pride would follow shortly after, in 1972).
In 1977, Harvey Milk made history by becoming the first openly gay elected official in the state of California when he was elected as San Francisco Supervisor. In part, his legacy lives on through California’s LGBTQ legislative caucus, which was formed in 2002.
And in 2004, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed city clerks in San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — a landmark moment of civil disobedience that became a crucial turning point in the fight for marriage equality. Lines of couples eager to get married stretched around the block!
Even though Pride month is nearing its end, we will never stop fighting on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
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