2019 marks the 50th anniversary since the start of the modern LGBT movement after the events of the Stonewall Riots.
Lead by prominent figures such as Marsha P. Johnson the Stonewall Riots were an uprising that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Following a police raid in the early hours of the morning, three nights of unrest followed, with LGBT people, long frustrated by police brutality, finally fighting back. Lesbians and Trans-women of colour were some of the key people involved in the act of resistance.
After the events of Stonewall, the following year LGBT activists held what is considered to be the first ever Pride Event in New York City (Christopher Street Parade). London followed with its first pride event in 1972 and Leeds followed suit in 2006. Pride events are now celebrated across the world from Antarctica to Taiwan.
Out of 193 countries Marriage Equality is now available in 28 of those countries but there is still a long way to go. LGBT relationships are still criminalized in over 70 countries – 8 of which can still issue a death sentence if an individual is found to identify as LGBT.
Although there may be a long way to go LGBT culture is now at the forefront of modern day pop culture from Emmy Award winning shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race to LGBT music stars Lil Nas X and ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Lady GaGa. People who identify as LGBT won’t be marginalised any longer, they’re here, they’re queer and they are here to stay.
By Mathew Stretton