These events were what sparked the movement and the event known as Pride. Six months following the riots, activists started three magazines: Gay, Come Out!, and Gay Power. These publications brought the community together, and in December of 1969, the Gay Activists Alliance was founded. One year to the day on June 28th, 1970, the first Pride celebrations were held in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Atlanta followed in 1971 with its own Pride parade. It is easy to see the progress in same-sex marriage, the repeal of anti-sodomy laws, and an increase in the visibility of our community. But I implore you, 49 years after Stonewall, to remember those who merely wanted to dance and be themselves for a night. Those who unknowingly, with their own blood, sweat, tears, and bravery, initiated a battle that we continue to fight today. We can look back and be grateful that our lives are easier than those who rioted that night thanks to their sacrifice. But I also would remind you that history repeats itself if people don’t stay vigilant. So remember: Pride is not just a parade — it’s our legacy.