Each year, we celebrate Pride Month during the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan—the event that marked the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the US. Today, millions of people around the world participate in numerous events including parades, marches, demonstrations and memorials to celebrate the impact of, and show their support for, the LGBTQ community. Here are some of the ways four of us at Team Social Studies recognized Pride Month this year, and how you can too.
If your travels take you to the Hudson Valley this summer, you have to go to the incredibly Instagrammable and pride-focused gem, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. Carla Perez-Gallardo and her partner Hannah Black opened this “queer dining destination” five years ago and serve up tropical comfort food. The two describe the restaurant as “a place replete with pleasure and joy, where all are welcomed into a space where those who are marginal can feel at home”.
Everything I know about Fire Island was picked up from friends, Instagram, and one visit a couple weeks ago. This podcast tells the story of its beginning, how it’s evolved over the years, and why it’s a famous summer time hang out for Queer people.
Lesley Gore, the late 60’s pop icon and women’s and LGBTQ rights activist, was a pioneer and years ahead of her time. She came out in the 2000s after decades of her songs—including “It’s My Party” and “Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You“—being popularized across ads, films, TV shows and political campaigns, but her identity is rarely discussed.
Narrated by Rita Mae Brown, Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community, is a compelling documentary that chronicles LGBTQ history, cultural perceptions, experiences, struggles and more, from the early 20th century up until the Stonewall uprising. A fascinating and well-researched window into queer life prior to 1969. A must see by all and available to stream on Hulu, Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.