June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations across the United States. Pride month came about as a result of the Stonewall uprising. During the 1960s, New York City police were known to harass members of the LGBTQ+ community by raiding establishments where LGBTQ+ community often socialized. On the night of June 28th, 1969, New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn. This time, frustrated patrons fought back against the police officers. Marsha P. Johnson, an African American gay liberation activist, threw a shot glass at police officers. This sparked the initial riots against the harsh and unjust treatment of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Baltimore has held an annual Pride festival including a parade, block parties, and other events for 44 years. This year would have made the 45th annual Pride in Baltimore, but due to COVID-19, they were canceled. However, members of the LGBTQ+ community are still being celebrated this year through virtual events organized within Baltimore to commemorate and celebrate Pride.
Dent stands in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community. Always remember that love is love, and Black lives matter. Make sure to put a Dent in your weekend!
-Reagan Moore & Breonna Massey