Soon after 1969, activists continued working toward the larger goal of raising awareness and achieving change. Almost a year later, members of two organizations, the Homophile Youth Movement in Neighborhoods and the Lavender Menace, decided to commemorate the first annual Stonewall Riots anniversary with a March. On June 28, 1970, the first March, known as Christopher Street Liberation Day, took place in New York City. The March started small, with only few hundred people downtown in front of the Stonewall Inn; by the time it arrived at Central Park, thousands of people had joined. Participants of the March said it was 15 blocks long. The founder of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Michael Brown, who was at the March. stated: “We have to come out into the open and stop being ashamed, or else people will go on treating us as freaks. This March is an affirmation and declaration of our new pride.” Later that same day, Los Angeles held a Christopher Street West celebration on Hollywood Boulevard and thousands of people joined to celebrate pride; two smaller scale Marches took place in San Francisco and Chicago.
Just over a half century after that first Christopher Street Liberation Day event on June 28, 1970, the annual New York City Pride March draws millions of participants and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community and is an inspiration for people around the world.
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