So we can celebrate virtually, LGBTQ Nation asked our readers to share a photo with us from the first time they went to Pride. Submissions poured in from around the world, spanning every year from 1970 to 2019.
We’ve selected 30 of our favorite photos and stories so we can celebrate with a Pride In Pictures special series and we’ll be sharing them with you every day this month.
Los Angeles, California
What makes this photo special to you?
What made this moment so special:
“I am a Kansas farm boy that had a Christian upbringing, and coming out was extremely difficult for me. After struggling with religious attempts to be ‘healed’ and psychiatric attempts to be ‘cured,’ I finally gave in and accepted myself as gay in 1968.
“In this photo on June 28, 1971, Jamie Dibbins, my boyfriend at the time, and I are waiting for our place to enter the gay pride parade – I marched down the middle of the streets in Los Angeles holding hands with Jamie. I felt so liberated!
“Jamie Dibbins died of AIDS on July 20, 1994.”