There Was a Double Rainbow Over New York City on the 50th Anniversary of Pride Yesterday | 22 Words

Mother nature found her own way to celebrate Pride month as a double rainbow appeared over New York City yesterday on the 50th anniversary of pride.

Keep scrolling to take a look at the stunning sight and to learn more about the important history of pride...

June has, for years now, been the month of Pride.

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People across the globe use this month to celebrate the impact that the LGBTQ community has had on the world.

Pride is the month wherein people really celebrate being themselves.

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People from all walks of life, who have faced prejudice at home and in their day-to-day lives, join in with the month-long celebration.

Though Pride hasn't always been like this...

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Pride month was initially created to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which saw members of New York's gay community protest and fight for their rights.

At that time, Americans were living under an anti-gay legal system.

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And, on the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, which catered for LGBTQ and other minority groups at the time.

While this kind of raid wasn't unusual in New York at the time...

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Back then, cops could arrest and even force hospitalization of LGBTQ+ people. But on this particular raid, something different happened.

In a move that changed history, trailblazing trans activist Marsha P. Johnson cried “I got my civil rights!" and threw a shot glass into a mirror.

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Martha's move has since been hailed as "the Shot Glass that was Heard Around the World."

More and more people joined the fight, including people from neighboring bars.

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And very quickly, hundreds of people were resisting arrest and a riot ensued.

The police ended up barricading themselves inside the Stonewall Inn.

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New York City’s Tactical Patrol Force intervened, but even they couldn't overthrow the rioters.

Things eventually calmed down, but once word of the riot got out...

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Thousands returned the next night to continue the protest - which ended up lasting 6 days.

This protest would eventually lead to gay liberation.

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The modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the US began with this riot.

Within 6 months...

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2 gay activist organizations were formed in New York and, within just a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the US and the rest of the world.

But there is one huge fact that is often overlooked...

Without the transformative LGBTQ+ rights activism of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera - there would be no pride. So many people fail to acknowledge or aren't even aware of this.

For the last fifty years, the full month of June has always been dedicated to celebrating this liberation...

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And every year, we see huge parties and parades from all over the world.

Today, the LGBTQ community is more liberated than ever before...

But, this year, the celebrations have been a little different.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of the Pride celebrations have been canceled.

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Because large crowds are still prohibited from gathering in most major countries across the world, the usual Pride parades and parties have been heavily impacted.

This year, people have had to celebrate behind closed doors...

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And, as a result, many have been thinking of other ways to celebrate and show their solidarity with the movement.

In New York, the infamous Pride parade was canceled...

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So huge rainbow flags were erected outside of the Rockafella Center, instead.

But it seems mother nature found her own way of celebrating.

A double rainbow was spotted over New York City yesterday, on the anniversary of pride.

Social media filled with people snapping pics of the rainbow.

It couldn't have been more perfectly timed.

What a truly amazing sight.

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