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Pride ParadesHow a Parade Changed the World$
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Katherine McFarland Bruce

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803613

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803613.001.0001

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From “Gay Is Good” to “Unapologetically Gay”

From “Gay Is Good” to “Unapologetically Gay”

Pride Beginnings

(p.31) 1 From “Gay Is Good” to “Unapologetically Gay”
Pride Parades

Katherine McFarland Bruce

NYU Press

Building on ideas introduced in the introduction, the author delves deeper into the history of Pride in Chapter One. Exploring the first Pride parades in major cities across the United States, the author examines archival newspaper reports and personal interviews with participants at these first events. In doing so, the author shows how the participants initiated the model of protest that characterizes Pride today by targeting cultural, rather than political change. With a focus on the parades of New York and Los Angeles in 1970, this chapter outlines the beginning of Pride as a moment of elation and celebration but also a significant historical moment of protest; by marching through the public streets, refusing the censor their gay identities, the participants challenged and destabilized the heteronormative cultural code. These initial marches thus acted as catalysts for more Pride celebrations, initiating the tradition of Pride.

Keywords:   history of Pride, archival reports, interviews, protest, cultural change, gay identities, lesbian identities

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