Watch Rare Video Footage Of NYC’s First Gay Pride March – Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day 1970 (Video)

Watch Rare Footage Of NYC's First Gay Pride March

 

It’s only 38 seconds long but what a powerful 38 seconds it is.

This is when the Pride Parade had no floats, no go-go boys, and topless Dykes on Bikes.  It was a parade of people.  Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered. All ages, sizes, and colors walking and marching side by side together for our rights.

A first person account as told by Fred Sargeant

“Getting everyone together for the Stonewall anniversary march proved to be a challenge. In the fall of 1969, the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations met in Philadelphia. Two women, Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes, were instrumental in getting a resolution for that first march passed. New York Mattachine was the sole holdout.

After months of planning and internal controversy, the Christopher Street Liberation Day Umbrella Committee negotiated with more than a dozen very different gay organizations. One of the largest hurdles was which group would have the honor of heading the march. It was only when Craig and Michael Brown, who’d arranged for those first permits, decided that each group would have one representative was the matter finally settled. Even the question of a chant was endlessly discussed—the winner: “Say it clear, say it loud. Gay is good, gay is proud.” Craig and police brass worked out a glitch over permits for the parade and the post-parade “Gay-In” in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow only moments before the events began.”

Say it clear, say it loud. Gay is good, gay is proud.”

This is our history.  And let us never forget it.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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3 Responses

  1. This was years before I came out but can you imagine how safe these people must have felt being part of a large group? And how for the first time many of these people felt that there was more than just a few gay people? It is one thing for a young person today to feel isolated and alone but can you imagine what it must have been like to be in your 20’s or older and feel isolated and alone? Today’s youth have so much to be grateful to these people for. You are right Will. We must never forget.

  2. peter gordon says:

    I was there that day. It was a bare bones march of gay men and women and supporters making a political and moral statement. It was moving and exhilarating.
    peter gordon

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