The Stonewall Riot of June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which began as a result of discrimination against homosexuals by the justice system in the 1960s, culminated in a mass outburst of anger when the police inspected the Stonewall Bar without just cause on June 28, 1969, and a clash between the police and the public inside the bar. There was a confrontation between the police and the public. The police demanded an identity check and, to the displeasure of some of the crowd, a heroic female T., quoted in Duberman's book, repeatedly refused the check and broke away from the police, a heroic act that ignited the crowd's anger and was described as a "typical New York Dyke" (New Yorkers are not known to be friendly Americans, let alone New York Dyke). The ensuing six days of rioting became known as the Stone Riots; these events would later be considered one of the most important moments in LGBTQ+ history, as they had a major impact on the gay civil rights movement worldwide.
In 1970, just one year after the Stonewall Riot rocked Greenwich Village and sparked a new civil rights movement in the LGBTQ+ community, protesters held the first annual New York City Gay and Lesbian March along Christopher Street - on the same street where the riots had taken place a year earlier. This first march was organized by members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), the Society for Individual Rights (SIR), the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) organization, and other local gay rights social movement groups. On June 28, 1970, Boston and Chicago also responded to Christopher Street Freedom Day with street protests, the first gay and lesbian marches in the country. In 1971, gay marches spread to London, Paris, Siblin, and Stockholm, and gay marches were born in the world.
Since the 1970s, Chelsea has become a gay and lesbian neighborhood. Today, Chelsea has become an upscale residential area in Downtown, a meat processing plant has become a fashionable store, and an abandoned railroad track has been transformed into a sky garden. Hell's Kitchen is a rectangular area above Chelsea, below Central Park, and west of the Hudson River.
In addition to the parade, the Pride Island Music Festival will be held. For those who like to party, the monthly MEAT party in New York and the Matinee party brand from Europe will be hosting a number of parties during the parade.