Every year in June, LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated in the United States. June was chosen to commemorate the riots held by members of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969. According to the Library of Congress, the Stonewall riots were a "tipping point" for the gay liberation movement in the United States.
Los Angeles also has a significant history... In 1966, before Stonewall, plain-clothed LAPD officers raided the “Black Cat” bar in Silver Lake, beat up patrons, and arrested 16 people. In response to this flagrant and violent targeting of gays, hundreds of people gathered to protest against police brutality. Learn more here.
As the fight for equality continues, watch a month-long line up of exclusive LGBTQ+ programming on PBS SoCal and KCET, and streaming on the free PBS App.