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Updated on Jul 22, 2020. Posted on Jul 22, 2020

How Well Do You Understand Gay Pride?

From herstory to today.

  1. What does the "L" in LGBTQ stand for?

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    Lesbian

    The acronym, which has evolved and become more inclusive over time, was popularized in the ’80s.

  2. In the US, what month is Pride typically celebrated?

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    June

    Pride events are typically held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

  3. Which country holds the record for the world's largest pride parade?

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    Brazil

    Brazil broke the Guinness World Record for the largest pride parade in 2009 with a whopping 4 million attendees.

  4. What year did the first pride marches occur?

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    1970

    The Christopher Street Liberation Day March was held in New York a year after the Stonewall Riots. Similar marches were also held in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

  5. True or false: The Stonewall Inn was New York’s only gay bar in 1969.

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    False

    The Stonewall Inn wasn't the only gay bar in NYC at the time. Bars like Starlite Lounge and Mayfair Bar & Grill were also popular with LGBTQ people.

  6. Which important gay rights event happened AFTER the Stonewall Riots?

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    National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

    The first Washington march for LGBTQ rights took place in 1979. It's estimated that 200,000 people marched with the aim of accomplishing five key goals — many of which remain unmet.

  7. Who has never been credited with throwing the first brick at Stonewall?

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    Larry Kramer

    Playwright and activist Larry Kramer was influential in the founding of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, but he wasn’t out at the time of the Stonewall Riots. It's not clear whether a "first brick" was actually thrown at Stonewall, or who exactly threw it, but Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera have both been credited for the act in various accounts. Regardless of whether such a brick was thrown, both were incredibly influential at Stonewall and in the LGBTQ rights movement.

  8. What does GLF stand for?

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    Gay Liberation Front

    The GLF was the first LGBTQ activist organization formed after Stonewall and organized the marches that would eventually become known as Pride.

  9. Where did the rainbow flag debut?

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    San Francisco

    Created by local artist Gilbert Baker, the rainbow flag was first displayed at the city's Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978. The flag originally had pink and turquoise stripes, which where dropped due to cost and manufacturing issues — giving us the six-stripe flag we all know today.

  10. Which flag is this?

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    Asexual Pride

    Each of the four colors has a different meaning: black for asexuality, grey for demisexuality, white for allies, and purple for community.

  11. Who is often referred to as the "Mother of Pride"?

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    Brenda Howard

    Brenda Howard, aka the "Mother of Pride," was a bisexual activist in New York who is typically credited with creating and popularizing the term "Pride" for the LGBTQ rights movement. The term was further supported and publicized by activists like Robert A. Martin, L. Craig Schoonmaker, and Sylvia Rivera. Brenda was also super crucial in organizing the marches and events that continue to impact how we celebrate Pride today.