Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots, which began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, after police raided the Stonewall Inn bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Original Pride Flag
The original Pride flag (image on the left) was designed by Gilbert Baker (1951-2017) and flew at the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco in 1978. The original flag had eight different colors. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, was murdered in November 1978. After his death, demand skyrocketed for the flag and they ran out of the pink color. Some time later, they also loss the turquoise stripe leaving the more well-known six color flag without pink or turquoise.
Homosexuality and Psychiatry
Homosexuality was listed as mental illness in the DSM-II in 1968. Aversion therapy including electric shocks were used to “cure” people of homosexuality. Homosexuality was removed in 1973 and replaced with “sexual orientation disturbance” which was later removed in 1987.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 U.S. states.
Largest Pride Parade
The largest Pride Parade is in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records named Sao Paulo's parade the largest Gay Pride celebration in the world, with 2.5 million attendees. NYC Pride Parade has 2 million participants and San Francisco has approximately 1.7 million participants.
Dr. Levine is a pediatrician who was appointed as the US Assistant Secretary for Health on March 26, 2021. She is the first transgender person to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation. She previously served as the Pennsylvania physician general from 2015 to 2017, then as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health from 2017 to 2021.
He was the founder of the Black AIDS Institute. The Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. In January 2010, Wilson was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) by President Barack Obama.
(1890 - 1962)
He was an American physician, radiologist, tuberculosis researcher, writer, and novelist. In approximately 1917, he was one of the first trans men to undergo hysterectomy in the United States, and lived the rest of his life as a man. He pioneered the use of x-ray photography in tuberculosis detection and helped implement TB screening programs.
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