The City of Bristol and members of the LGBTQ community will raise the rainbow pride flag in front of City Hall and the Police Department at 6:45 p.m. to commemorate June as Pride Month and as a gesture that the City of Bristol is a welcoming community to all.
It also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off the first major demonstrations for gay rights in America. On June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village, but bar patrons — gay men and drag queens — fought back, a spontaneous incident which is now marked as the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States.
Today, Pride Month features marches around the country, educational and awareness events, and parties to celebrate gay pride.
Following the Flag Raising, attendees have the choice to continue the conversation at Sabaidee Thai Restaurant, located at 81 North Main Street.