WASHINGTON D.C. — This Pride Month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 June Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Three nights of resistance at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York’s Greenwich Village ignited the modern LGBTQIA+ movement.
Stonewall patrons and their supporters rose up in protest of an early-morning law enforcement raid at the bar, taking to the streets and chanting “gay power.” Out of oppressive police action, a mass movement was born. In protest against injustice, a new civil rights movement was energized.
NOW recognizes the vital contributions of the transgender community in igniting and propelling this movement forward. We celebrate activist heroes, like Marsha P. Johnson, who was present at the Stonewall Uprising and went on to establish Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), which provides help to homeless LGBTQIA+ youth.
Here at NOW, our resistance is intersectional. We strive to overcome discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas. We march, we organize, we take action, and we push for meaningful social change alongside the LGBTQIA+ community.
This mission is more important than ever as NOW stands up to the Trump administration’s discriminatory agenda and attacks on LGBTQIA+ rights. Among other initiatives, we are working tirelessly to pass the Equality Act to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity receive the full force of protection under our laws and in the workplace.
NOW celebrates Pride Month this June with continued participation in this vital movement that began on the streets of Greenwich Village 50 years ago.