Power and Pride: the origins of Pride Month Part 1


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This is the first of a two-course package. The second course is Beyond Pride: Year-Round Action.

June 28, 1969, was a pivotal day in history. In the early hours of the morning, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular Greenwich Village bar catering to LGBTQ2S+ customers. Decades of escalating, state-sanctioned harassment led officers to expect everyone to leave quietly as usual.

But it wasn’t the only event. Toronto’s protest in 1981 was a gamechanger in Canada.

Decades of oppression of the LGBTQ2S+ community, cultural shifts in the 1960s, and good troublemaking led to that fateful night at Stonewall, and that huge turnout of support in Toronto. You’ll learn how the events in the 1970s and 1980s shifted history and change for LGBTQ2S+ rights that evolved into today’s Pride festivals and marches. This course explores the key events and personalities in the North America that ultimately shaped a global movement.

Course overview:

  • Introduction
  • Before we start: shared language
  • Centuries of oppression
  • Stonewall ignites a movement
  • From reminders to liberation
  • 50+ years of Pride
  • Resources

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Power and Pride: the origins of Pride Month Part 1