Denver PrideFest is returning for its 44th year, with events starting on June 15 and ending with the parade and festival at Civic Center park on June 16.
This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, which is considered to be the beginning of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, according to a news release from The Center on Colfax, a nonprofit that works with the LGBTQ community in Colorado.
On June 28, 1969, New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. The raid led to protests on Christopher Street where the bar is located. A year later the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march was held. Cities around the nation began to hold similar pride events. The first one was held in Denver in 1975.
“This community gathering brought increased energy to the Denver LGBTQ community and one year later, activists moved to form what would become The Center on Colfax,” the news release said.
The Center serves more than 52,000 people in the LGBTQ community annually. PrideFest, a two-day festival in Denver, is produced by The Center. The Pride 5K event will start festivities for PrideFest. The annual parade will start at Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. For a full list of performances and events, go to www.denverpride.org.
Saint Barnabas Episcopal Parish, 1280 Vine St., will have a special liturgy on June 16. The church is also celebrating the Stonewall anniversary. The service will start at 7:45 a.m. and be led by Father Jeffrey Park.
“St. Barnabas has celebrated God’s love in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for over two generations,” read a statement from the church announcing the service. For more information, go to www.stbdenver.org.
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