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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.

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