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WithGay Pride Parades

In June 1969, a few courageous gay men, lesbians, and drag queens fought back against police when they raided the Stonewall Inn bar in New York City. Back in those days, homosexuals were routinely harassed by police, and could be arrested simply for frequenting gay establishments or dancing with someone of the same sex. This act of civil disobedience is generally recognized as the birth of the modern gay-rights movement, and is commemorated across the world each June with huge parades.