Wichita’s Gay Pride Parade was well attended this year, with more than 200 and few right wing Christian wackos to interfere. Once again, gay people from all walks of life in Wichita showed they are not going to cower in the closet as the Christian right would like them to do.
This year’s event was especially important because it marked the 4oth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a watershed moment in the history of the modern Gay rights movement.
The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Sunday’s parade ended at Naftzger Park where music and booths were set up.