Fascinating 1970s Pride footage shows queer activism half a century ago

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06/20/2024

Pride in the 1970s was an incredibly different landscape – with the wounds of the Stonewall Riots in New York, which gave way to Pride, still fresh in people’s mind, the decade was a significant turning point. Footage from events across London, Los Angeles, Sydney, and many more places show that, while Pride still had its positive and vibrant energy, it was much more focused on the rising injustices against LGBTQ+ people across the globe. Pride protestors in London can be seen driving cars covered in pro-LGBTQ+ signs and rainbow balloons, while activists in luxurious costumes, simple face paint, or even just their Sunday-best clothes joined together to condemn bigotry in all its forms.

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