Herrman & Herrman - June 2020

June 2020

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Celebrating Pride

The LGBT community has a big presence throughout Southeast Texas. Every year, our communities come together in celebration of LGBT pride. This

to gather. On June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn.

Raids like this were common, and LGBT establishments were often targeted. At the Stonewall Inn, however, things went differently — the community fought back. They couldn’t take the oppression any longer. There were demonstrations, sometimes violent ones, and protests. This went on for days, and with every passing day, protesters became more organized.

year things may be a little different, though, as communities around the world recover from the devastating pandemic and some events are postponed. Nevertheless, we want to take some time to recognize the LGBT community and their long-fought struggle for equal rights in our country. While equal rights activists and supporters have made major headway over the years, it’s a struggle that continues to this day.

As the riots came to an end in July, it was clear the LGBT community had made significant progress. The city realized it needed to change and recognized its previous way of doing things, such as marginalizing a group of people,

June is Pride Month. Pride often gets mixed in with ideas of colorful parades and celebrations. And while many Pride events in June, and throughout the year, often take the form of a parade or a similar celebration, Pride means significantly more.

was wrong.

Six months after the riots, two gay activist organizations were founded in New York City. Both organizations were devoted to establishing and protecting the rights of the LGBT community. From there, more organizations popped up around the country and beyond. The next year, in 1970, the first LGBT Pride events took place. Marches were held in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Since then, events have taken place all over the country and the world to mark the anniversary of the riots and in recognition of everyone who participated in moving forward the rights of those who identify as LGBTQ+. From all of us at Herrman & Herrman, we hope you have a wonderful June and a great start to summer. Remember to stay safe out there, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the community as we slowly return to normalcy.

In 2019, New York City hosted the largest LGBT pride celebration in history. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, also known as the Stonewall uprising. Around 5 million people were in attendance at last year’s event in New York, and the parade lasted over 12 hours as over 150,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan. The Stonewall riots themselves played an instrumental role in Pride and have become an important part of American history. They took place in 1969 in New York City, starting outside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in Manhattan. The riots began as Americans identifying as LGBT faced mounting civil and legal oppression in the ‘60s. The Stonewall Inn was a Mafia-run establishment that welcomed everyone and became a safe place for those in the LGBT community

-Greg Herrman

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