You will no doubt be familiar with Pride Month, it is a time where members and supporters of the LGBT community come together to celebrate those in the past who worked tirelessly to fight for equality, but also to highlight the inequality and suppression that those in the community still face today.
Celebrating Pride Month in Journal City, NJ, is one such place that holds annual events to help those in the community and its allies to openly express themselves and spread the message of love and hope for a better future. Below we take a look at where Pride Month began for New Jersey, and how people in Journal City celebrate Pride Month today.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The Stonewall Riots were very close to home for those in New Jersey, with them happening just across the water starting in Greenwich Village in New York City. Back in the 1960’s, it was common practice for LGBT bars to be raided by the NYPD in order for them to extort money and make bogus arrests. This frequent and unjust mistreatment eventually lead to patrons of the Stonewall Inn fighting back on June 28th, 1969, and starting the riots.
These riots along with organized protests popped up all around the city over the next year and managed to gain support from politicians and officials. Word spread across the country, and it wasn’t long before Pride Parades were being held annually in major cities such as Chicago, and Los Angeles, with many other cities following suit in the following years.
Since 1992, thousands of LGBT people and supporters of the movement in New Jersey have gathered in Asbury Park to represent the city and to fight for gay rights, and with more and more people attending every year, New Jersey is only growing stronger.
HOW PEOPLE CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN JOURNAL CITY, NJ
THE NEW JERSEY PRIDE PARADE
The main event of Pride Month comes first, with the Pride Parade happening on the first Sunday of the month to signify the beginning of the celebrations. Thousands of people meet up in Asbury Park at midday and from there go on to march the streets of New Jersey for the next few hours to spread the message to all those they pass. This parade is a great place to join in, but people are also welcome to cheer on the sidelines of the streets as the parade passes.
GLEN ROCK PRIDE IN THE PARK AND FLAG RAISING
On the first Saturday of June in Bergen Park at noon, there is a ceremony during which keynote speakers and officials come to speak on behalf of the LGBT community. Afterward, there is live music, food and drinks, and face painting for the little ones.
BARS AND CLUBS
LGBT bars and clubs are also a great way to spend your time during Pride Month in Journal City – these bars and clubs are already lively, but they are extra special during June – check out our recommendations below.
- SIX 26
- TWISTER LOUNGE
- HOMBRES LOUNGE
We have only touched the surface of things to do during Pride Month in New Jersey, so head on over there and see how much fun you can have!
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