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Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee]
You are Invited to Gay Liberation's First Birthday Celebration [A Small card promoting the very first Gay Pride March held on the one-year anniversary of Stonewall]
[Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee], New York, 1970. Single card measuring 5.5" x 4.25", printed on the recto only. Near Fine, tanned on the verso, and with offsetting there from another copy of this invitation. A small, unassuming invitation announcing the very first Gay Pride March, organized in New York to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Thousands participated in what was then dubbed the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, beginning at Washington Place between Sheridan Square and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, and ending with a "Gay-In" in Central Park's Sheep Meadow. The Stonewall riots were a pivotal moment in LGBT history, when spontaneous protests erupted in response to police raids that began in the early hours of June, 28, 1969 at The Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood. LGBT rights groups were quick to harness the post-Stonewall energy, calling for annual demonstrations to be held on the last week of June to mark the anniversary. This invitation announces the first of many gay pride marches, which now occur annually and worldwide in the struggle for equal rights.
Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA [Portland, OR, U.S.A.]
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