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Blog  ·  June 5 2023

Pride Month: Fighting for Equality and Celebrating Love

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Are you familiar with the origins of Pride nationally and here in Tacoma? Pride Month isn’t just a big party—it’s a reminder of the progress we’ve made and the work that still lies ahead.

Pride began in 1969 as The Stonewall Uprising, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. Six days of protests followed. Leading the charge were incredible activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who were predominantly transgender women of color. Their fight ignited a spark that spread across the LGBTQ+ rights movement, inspiring others to stand up and be heard. (Learn more on the History Channel).

One year later, the LGBTQ+ community in NYC organized the “Christopher Street Liberation Day March,” which became the first Gay Pride parade. Thousands of people gathered to march, advocate for equal rights, and proudly celebrate their true selves.

Tacoma Pride Festival

In Tacoma, we get a double dose of Pride as we enjoy both the nationwide celebrations in June and host our own Pride events in July. Tacoma’s celebration was originally called “Out in the Park” and it was scheduled in July to take advantage of better weather. (Hosting Pride in July also gives folks the option of attending multiple Pride events around the region).

Speaking of Pride activities, there are so many good things happening here in Tacoma and around the greater Pierce County area. Head on over to the Rainbow Center’s website for a list of local Pride activities!

Windermere Abode is excited to again be hosting a booth at this year’s Pride, so be sure to stop by and say hello! This year we’ll be raising funds for Oasis Youth Center. If you missed us last year, check out this Inside Abode video recap.

Location: Downtown Tacoma on Pac Ave between 7th and 9th

Date: July 9th, 2022

Time 12 to 6pm

Price: Free

The Tacoma Pride Festival features live music, drag performances, food trucks, vendors, a makers market and lots of booths. The daytime Pride Festival (and the after dark block party) provide a safe and inclusive space for people to express themselves, connect with others, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s achievements and resilience. Click here for more info.

Happy Pride Month!

Pride Month isn’t just a month—it’s a celebration of love, identity, and acceptance. So, as we come together to celebrate, let’s honor the past, acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead, and work towards creating a community where everyone feels safe and celebrated for who they are.