Pride Month is a recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, commemorating the Stonewall riots that took place in New York. But it’s also important to recognize the roots it has on this coast.
The Bay Area has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion ever since 1969. From Harvey Milk’s early political career, when he united union workers and members of the queer community against the sale of Coors beer, to the recent decision to designate the Castro as a cultural district, Pride Month in the Bay has been grounded in intersectionality and inclusivity. Interviews with researchers and stories from Berkeley residents prove our community’s active commitment to fostering a supportive environment.
In this year’s 2019 Pride Month impact issue, we hope to highlight the resources available for all members of the LGBTQ+ community, in the city of Berkeley and on campus.