Pride Began With a Riot

WPL Pride

Happy Pride everyone!  This year is the 30th anniversary of the pride parade in Winnipeg and its guaranteed to be a fabulous time.

Did you know that in the past authorities in the United States and Canada would regularly raid and shut down gay bars and arrest the staff and patrons?  On June 28, 1969, New York City a spontaneous riot happened at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. When police began arresting people  a crowd gathered and police had to barricade themselves inside the bar for most of the night.  Led by transgender activists like Sylvia Rivera – this was part of what sparked the gay rights movement and this is why Pride is held in June – to commemorate the demonstrations that took place that night.

Here are some great book available at WPL if you’d like to learn more:

Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution – by David Carter

Stonewall: Breaking out in the fight for gay rights – by Ann Bausum

Queer: a Graphic History – by Meg John Barker

A Queer history of the United States by Michael Bronski

Queer Street: rise and fall of an American culture 1947-1985 by James McCourt

Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada by Tom Warner

Queers Were Here

Queers were here : heroes & icons of queer Canada by Robin Ganev and RJ Gilmour

If you are interested in the history of LGBTTQ+ community in Winnipeg check out this great little documentary:

Go to Winnipeg Public Library’s LGBTTQ+ Info Guide for more archival and historical resources on the LGBTTQ+ community.

Winnipeg Public library staff will be out for 2017 Winnipeg Pride parade happening on Sunday, June 4th.

See you there!

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