HARTFORD, Conn. — June is recognized as Pride month after the riots at the Stonewall Inn, a tavern in New York City's Greenwich Village which was the site of a 1969 uprising widely viewed as the start of the modern gay civil rights movement.
A police raid on June 28, 1969 triggered a riot by a group of transgender, lesbian and gay patrons objecting to the continuing harassment by authorities. That night they blockaded officers in the building for a time.
The event triggered several nights of riots and the following year, LGBT groups staged a parade to mark the anniversary.
Since then, Pride events around the country have grown. In some cities, the Pride parade is one of the largest events of the year.
Traditionally, Hartford Pride has been scheduled in September so as not to conflict with larger events in Boston and New York City.
Here are the Pride events happening in Connecticut this month:
West Hartford Pride
West Hartford Pride presents a day of music, vendors, and crafts for the whole family at Webster Walk in Blue Back Square on Saturday, June 26, 1:00-5:00 PM. Stay for the inspiring keynote speech by mother daughter team, Regina Dyton and Rayna Dyton-White, and dance the afternoon away at the tea dance. Stop by the library, 20 South Main St., to view the children's exhibit too during normal business hours now through July 2. The event is free and open to the all.
Ridgefield Pride in the Park
June 26 at 12 p.m.: Family-friendly celebration with music, games, and much more.
West Hartford Pride
June 1 at 8:30 a.m.: Flag raising at Unity Green in West Hartford Center
June 26 and 27 Mini Film Fest with Out Film CT
In recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, The Hartford stag sign on the Tower Building in downtown Hartford will light up in a rainbow color scheme beginning at dusk on June 1st through dawn on June 8th. In addition, we will proudly display a Pride banner on our Home Office Building for the month.
Stop & Shop
Hartford Pride is scheduled for September 2021
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