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A Look Back: Pride and Intersectionality

This month we take a look back at the intersectional roots of Pride and how intersectionality continues to shape the fight for LGBTQIA rights today.

In June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, sparking a series of riots over the course of six days. Protestors clashed with law enforcement to call for an end to discriminatory laws and practices targeting the LGBTQIA community. By celebrating Pride this month, we mark the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which have been recognized as a catalyst for the modern LGBTQIA rights movement.


With the country facing nationwide protests for racial justice and a global pandemic, Pride celebrations this month look different than those in years past. Among these circumstances, however, Pride 2020 offers us the unique opportunity to reflect on the history of Pride as a form of civil disobedience and think about the intersectionality of civil rights movements.


This year, we take time to honor activists like Marsha P. Johnson, a Black, transgender woman who is hailed as one of the leaders of the Stonewall Riots and is one of many Black and Latinx LGBTQ activists who continue to be at the forefront of the fight for equality. We recognize the history of Pride as a form of civil disobedience. And we acknowledge the many pressing social injustices that continue to harm Black LGBTQIA people across the country, including the murder of Black transgender women and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19.


2020 has already brought us new reasons to celebrate Pride, including the passing of a landmark Supreme Court case protecting LGBTQIA workers from discrimination. Though there are still many strides we must take to completely abolish discrimination, we champion those who have fought and still battle for equal rights for all. As we continue celebrating Pride in new ways this month, we take a look back at the intersectionality of Pride and racial justice with the resources below.




“The Queer Black History of Rioting” by Jonathon Borge, Refinery29

This article takes an in-depth look at the history of civil disobedience in the fight for LGBTQIA rights as well as the role that Black trans and queer people have played in the fight for equality.


“What Does Pride Mean Now?” by Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado and Thomas Page McBee, The New York Times

Three prominent LGBTQIA authors discuss the meaning of Pride and reflect on how to continue celebrating and upholding the spirit of Pride among the global pandemic and protests for racial equality nationwide.


Pride started with 'revolutionary riots': Advocates point to movement's radical roots” by Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News

LGBTQIA community leaders across the country discuss the history of riots and protests as they pertain to movements for LGBTQIA rights and ongoing nationwide protests.


“Celebrating Pride Month and rallying for racial equality: LGBTQ groups seek 'to stand in solidarity with the black community'” by Elinor Aspegren, USA Today

LGBTQIA groups are coming together across the country to address racial equality within the LGBTQIA community and raise awareness about the intersectional roots of Pride.




“Black Trans Lives Matter” by Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, WNYC Studios (2020)

Award-winning journalist Imara Jones discusses what it means to have a truly inclusive Black Lives Matter movement and delves into her own experiences as a trans person of color.  

Listen on WNYC Studios, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play Music


Pride began as a riot: How the LGBTQ community is reflecting on a new civil rights movement” by Stateside, Michigan Radio (2020)

Local leaders discuss connections between the fight for LGBTQIA rights and racial justice and what these intersections mean in the context of modern civil rights movements.

Listen on NPR, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify




The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson, directed by David France, Netflix (2017)

Trans activist Victoria Cruz investigates the suspicious death of Black transgender rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson as she fights to raise awareness about violence against trans women.

Watch now on Netflix


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Release Date: 06/18/2020
Category: News
Tags: Center For Social Solutions; Diversity and Democracy; A Look Back