LGBT Pride has been the most relevant and visible event for LGBT activism since the 1970s. Every year it commemorates the 1969 events in New York’s Greenwich Village, when a police raid in Stonewall Inn, a gay venue, triggered a series of protests and confrontations that would be remembered as the first uprising of LGBT people in the United States against a repressive system.
Those events sparked an unprecedented growth within the LGBT community’s struggle, which was organizing in activist groups. A year later, on June 27th and 28th 1970, the very first marches took place in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles on the first anniversary of the event.
Spain would have to wait until 1977 to see its first Pride march, held in Barcelona. In a time in which some of the Franco regime laws were still in place, the demands were growing even stronger. Decades later, Pride, which takes place in different parts of Spain, is now one of the most massive events in the country, having become one of the most relevant political tools for LGBTI and queer movements.