For 50 years, June has been a time of celebration and community for the LGBTQ community. June marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969—a response to a raid by New York City police on the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village—but Pride celebrations now occur throughout the world. This year, many parades and festivities have been forced to move online due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there are still ways to acknowledge this important occasion around the world.
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Each year, Berlin Pride has a different theme—and in 1998, for the first time, the celebration got political with the theme: “We demand equal rights.” Same-sex couples could not have legally recognized civil partnerships in Germany until 2001. As it celebrates its 42nd Pride celebration—also known as Christopher Street Day—this year, take a look back through these photo archives at the history of one of Europe’s biggest Pride festivals.