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On June 28, 1969, the police carried out one of their infamous raids in the bar “Stonewall Inn”. It was a meeting place of the gay and transsexual community on New York’s Christopher Street. The police brutality and harrassment was met with strong resistence by the bar’s customers for the first time. The events of this night and the following days are regarded as the initial spark of the international lesbian and gay movement. It is still celebrated by Christopher Street Days / Pride to this day. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the Newseum in Washington, DC, has opened an new exhibition. It is called “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement”. It is on display at the Museum of Journalism and News History in the US capital until December 31st, 2019.

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The special exhibition traces the history of the gay and lesbian movement in the US to the present day. The AIDS crisis of the 1980s, the US military’s handling of homosexuality and the fight for same-sex marriage are prominent topics. There is also a chapter dedicated to the work and assasination of Harvey Milk. He was one of the first openly homosexual politicians in the US. A documentary about his life was made in 2008, starring Sean Penn. Pop culture as a mirror and catalyst of the LGBTQ community is shown in many examples. Accompanying events such as discussions and lectures will take place throughout the year. The are an opportunity to talk about some aspects in greater depth. This year’s Capital Pride in Washington takes place in the first week of June – Pride parade on June 8. Current information on the exhibition can be found at www.newseum.org.

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Maryland’s capital holds first Pride parade ever and creates own beer for it

While Pride has been a regular event in Baltimore since 1975, Maryland’s capital Annapolis will follow suit only this year. Pride parade will take place on 29 June 2019 for the first time. The city has declared the whole month of June the official LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Many events have taken place starting last summer. They have shown quickly just how passionate the community is about Annapolis’ own celebration of diversity. Many more events will mke the wait shorter until the big parade in summer. The specially created craft beer will one of the highlights. The Chesapeake Brewing Company has brewed that beer will present it to the public for the first time on 26 April 2019. Its working title is “Pride Brew”. The final name will be found during a competition and part of the proceeds will go to the parade. Further information can be found at www.annapolispride.org.

Virginia Expands Pride Season

Hill City Pride in Lynchburg is one of the marvels in the rainbow-coloured calendar of events in the state of Virginia. The choir ‘Spectrum Art Society’  launched the festival in autumn of 2018. Its objective is to raise awareness of the concerns of the LGBTQ community. The Pride festival will take place on April 13, 2019 for the very first time. Various food and market stalls will offer their products, an extensive supporting programme will provide entertainment and information. The festival is hosted by headliner Delighted Tobehere. The Huffington Post described the artist as one of the funniest drag queens in the US. Additionally, the Jury of the TV show “America’s got Talent” nemed Tobehere the “First Country Music Dragstar”. Other drag queens, bands and entertainers guarantee excellent entertainment. You can find further information about  Hill City Pride and other events of the organisation at www.hillcitypride.org.

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