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World Pride: 50 years after the Stonewall Riots

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Thousands thronged the streets of New York City on June 28 and 29 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the seminal 1969 Stonewall Inn protests that marked the beginning of the LGBTQ movement, concluding the pride month.

On June 28, 1969, the New York City police conducted an extensive raid on Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the city’s Greenwich village. Police raids on homosexual bars was a common occurrence in those days. Over 200 people were in the bar that night. Even as the police went on with its standard procedure, a swelling crowd gathered outside the Stonewall Inn that night, kickstarting the first major rebellion against anti-LGBT laws that inspired an international movement for the acceptance of queer identities. June is celebrated as the ‘pride’ month around the globe ever since.

As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic protests, people from around the world gathered in New York to celebrate queer pride and LGBTQI+ rights on June 28 and 29, in what was one of the biggest pride marches around the world.

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