Christopher Street Liberation Day

From LGBTQIA+ Archives

Beginning in 1965, the East Coast Homophile Organization held demonstrations annually in Philadelphia. The march was moved to New York City on the last week of June to recognize the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. As other organizations got involved with the NYC event, the march would be renamed Christopher Street Liberation Day, according to the New York Public Library, the change of the event name was to move attention away from the Mafia-controlled Stonewall Inn and to the movement for gay and lesbian liberation[1]. Along with other demonstrations, like Gay Freedom Day in San Francisco, Christopher Street Liberation Day is part of what would become annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Parades.

Christopher Street is the main avenue through Greenwich Village, a historic gayborhood.



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  1. New York Public Library, "Christopher Street Liberation Day (1970)"