Gay Pride: More Than a Parade

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June is Pride Month, which is dedicated to celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride. It honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which was a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

What started as an angry mob's violent reaction to a police raid in 1969 ignited the gay rights movement and has over time grown to become a joyous annual celebration. 

In this talk, speaker John Kenrick examines how this phenomenon grew into an international tradition, including the annual June parades that fill the streets of many cities, including New York. 

Entertainment historian Kenrick has worked in the theater at every level from amateur to Broadway, eventually serving as personal assistant to six Tony Award winning producers, including the team behind the original production of Rent. He has taught musical theater history courses at New York University’s Steinhardt School, The New School University, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He is the creator of the educational website, and his books include “ Musical Theater: A History. ”

The program is open to all and no registration is needed.

It is made possible with the support of The Friends of the Livingston Public Library.