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In the early hours of the morning of June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village sparked the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots is the first well-known instance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rebellion against government-sponsored oppression of LGBT people in the United States. On the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the first Pride marches were held in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
PRIDE WS History:
Our initiative began in the Fall of 2010. A series of incidents locally, regionally and nationally prompted concerned citizens of the LGBT community in Winston-Salem to positively increase the visibility of the LGBT community. Equality Winston-Salem was born from the passion of four amazing personalities: Mary Jamis, Steve McGinnis, Dirk Robertson and Rex Welton. The core team was accompanied by scores of volunteers to build the entertainment, parade, and vendor areas. Key players were Debra Taylor, Phillip Kearns, Leigh Foster, Christine Regan, Keith Hicks, Greg Symbal and many more creative and dynamic individuals. Leading with courage, determination and sheer willpower; the PRIDE festival was revived after 15 years of slumber.
Equality Winston-Salem has incredibly grown since 2010. Each day cultivates new ideas and possibilities. As with any great organization, growing pains can be challenging. Equality Winston-Salem realized for the organization to prosper and to continue to achieve bold, community driven goals; it should evolve.
Equality Winston-Salem decided it would better serve the community by creating a new group, PRIDE Winston-Salem. PRIDE Winston-Salem’s primary focus on encouraging, empowering, promoting a positive image of the LGBT community.
PRIDE WS provides the platform to show our PRIDE. Pride in who we are. Pride in our community. Pride in our families. It is a great way to remind us to show our PRIDE each day we walk out the door.
We hope with our new structuring you will see the value both Equality Winston-Salem and PRIDE WS can bring to this community.
Thank you again for all your love and support.