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PHILADELPHIA, PA / USA - June 10, 2018: Crowd members enjoying the festivities at the 30th annual PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival.
Crowd members waving the Philly Pride flag at the 2018 Pride Parade and Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Robert MacMillan/Shutterstock

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month Quiz - June 2, 2023

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Who is known as the "Mother of Pride" for her role in organizing the first Pride march in 1970?

1. Ernestine Eckstein
2. Phyllis Lyon
3. Brenda Howard
4. Sally Ride

Brenda Howard

Bisexual rights activist Brenda Howard is often called the Mother of Pride, organizing the first Liberation March on Christopher Street on June 28, 1970 to celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 

Which of the following LGBTQ+ uprisings happened before the 1969 Stonewall Uprising?

1. The Black Cat protest
2. Compton's Cafeteria riot
3. The Cooper Do-nuts Riot
4. All of them

All of them

The Compton's Cafeteria riot in San Francisco occurred in May 1959. The Cooper Do-nuts Riot in Los Angeles occurred in August 1966. The Black Cat protest in Los Angeles occurred in 1967. All three were uprisings against police harassment of LGBTQ+ people.

Who was identified by many witnesses at the Stonewall rebellion to have thrown the first punch?

1. Marsha P. Johnson
2. Stormé DeLarverie
3. Sylvia Rivera
4. Cleve Jones

Stormé DeLarverie

On June 28, 1969 in New York City’s Greenwich Village, patrons spontaneously fought back during an early morning police raid of the Stonewall Inn. Rioting broke out, and while no one really knows who started it for sure, it is widely believed that drag king Stormé DeLarverie was the catalyst.

DeLarverie famously shouted, “Why don’t you guys do something!” as police tried to drag her away. She then allegedly threw the first punch. 

What did the 1969 patrons of the Stonewall bar throw at the raiding police officers in mockery of their corruption?

1. Donuts
2. Pennies
3. Shade
4. High heels


While plenty of shade was undoubtedly thrown at the officers who arrested bar patrons before the uprising began, numerous recounts say that patrons threw pennies while shouting, "copper" (a slang term for police) and “Here’s money, pigs. You haven’t been paid off enough!” Numerous historians have said that the bar's mafia owners regularly paid off police to not raid it. 

What activist group formed out of the Stonewall Riots and became integral to the planning of the first Pride?

1. The Gay Liberation Front
2. The Human Rights Campaign
3. Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR)

The Gay Liberation Front

The Gay Liberation Front was formed in the weeks after the Stonewall Riots took place. Founding members included prominent activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. 

What city hosted the first Pride parade?

1. Chicago
2. Los Angeles
3. New York City
4. San Francisco


Several U.S. cities - including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago - held marches and parades during the last weekend in June 1970 to keep the spirit of Stonewall alive. Chicago's was held on the Saturday and earlier in the day than San Francisco's, making it the first. New York's and LA's were held on that Sunday, June 28.

What infamous headline ran in The New York Daily News on June 7, 1969, just days after the Stonewall Uprising?

1. “Friends of Dorothy Tell Cops: You're Not In Kansas Anymore!”
2. “Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad”
3. “Stonewall Deviants Injure Cops In Queer Riot”
4. “Fairies Fight Back, Kick Cops of Fairyland”

“Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad”

The news article, written by Jerry Lister, was just one of several about the uprising that depicted the uprising's LGBTQ+ participants as a joke. It referred to the patrons as "little girls," the uprising as "a homosexual Academy Awards Night," and said, "The queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion."

One patron interviewed by Lister told him, "I don't like your paper — it's anti-f*g and pro-cop."

What year was the Stonewall Bar established as a national U.S. monument?

1. 1970
2. 2016
3. 1969
4. 2008


President Barack Obama designated it as a national monument on June 24, 2016. It is the first national monument dedicated to LGBTQ+ rights.

Who designed the original rainbow Pride flag?

1. Marsha P. Johnson
2. Audre Lorde
3. Harvey Milk
4. Gilbert Baker

Gilbert Baker

In 1978, Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to office in California, asked his friend Gilbert Baker to create a symbol for the LGBTQ community, and he created multi-colored flags as a result.

The flags were unveiled at San Francisco Pride that same year and demand quickly increased. Their colors were then narrowed down from eight to six and the rainbow flags were displayed far and wide. Nowadays, we have several adaptations of the original flag to include all members of the community.

Who is most commonly credited with coining the term "Gay Pride"?

1. Thom Higgins
2. Harry Hay
3. Oscar Wilde
4. Radclyffe Hall

Thom Higgins

Gay activist and radio journalist Thom Higgins is often credited with coining the term while he was working with the group Fight Repression of Erotic Expression (FREE).


Higgins also famously threw a pie in anti-LGBTQ+ campaigner Anita Bryant's face.

What was the name of the first Pride march?

1. The Stonewall Rebellion Remembrance Day
2. The Christopher Street Liberation Day March
3. The Homophile Freedom March
4. The San Francisco Gay Rights March

The Christopher Street Liberation Day March

On June 28, 1970, the Christopher Street Liberation Day March took place in New York City to celebrate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It would come to be known worldwide as the first-ever Pride parade. 

Who was the first U.S. president to recognize Pride Month?

1. Barack Obama
2. George W. Bush
3. Bill Clinton
4. Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton issued the first presidential proclamation for Pride Month in 1999. At the time, he said the month would celebrate how "America's diversity is our greatest strength. But, while we have come a long way on our journey toward tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect, we still have a long way to go in our efforts to end discrimination."


He issued another declaration in 2000, and Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden issued proclamations every June of their presidencies. Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump did not continue the practice.

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