Flash back. We are in the 60s. Police raids on gay bars and night clubs were regularly part of gay life in U.S. cities. The police used all the reasons they could devise to justify an arrest on charges of "indecency". A kiss between people of the same sex was prohibited. Holding hands was forbidden. Using clothes of the opposite sex? This was also forbidden.
If "unfortunately" your sexual orientation was different, to experience true feelings you had to hide and hope not to be seen and arrested. It was forbidden to truly love since sexual orientation and gender identity are innate or otherwise cannot be intentionally altered.
It was June, 1969. New York City was in the midst of a campaign for mayoral election. The Stonewall Inn, a nightclub, provided pretexts for police intervention because it operated without a liquor license and provided poorly dressed "go-go boys" as entertainment. On June 28, shortly after 1 a.m., eight officers entered the bar for yet another raid.
A lesbian woman dragged to a patrol car resisted. Sylvia Rivera threw an object at an agent. Maybe it was a bottle, maybe a heel. In a very short time, an estimated 2,000 people were in battle against over 400 policemen. The next day again. The third day of the uprising took place five days later. On that Wednesday, 1,000 people gathered at the bar and caused serious damage. Anger at the way police had treated gays in previous decades surfaced.
We are the Stonewall girls
We wear our hair in curls
We wear nounderwear
We show our pubic hair
We wear ourdungarees
Above our nelly knees!
The following year, in commemoration of the Stonewall riots, the GLF organized a march from Greenwich Village to Central Park. Almost 10,000 people, including men and women, took part. Since then, many gay pride celebrations around the world choose the month of June for parades and events.
29 June 2019, Milan. Fifty years later, 300,000 people braved the heat and paraded through the streets among colorful banners and music. A clear sign that something has changed, but that there is still a lot of work to be done. Diversity is a gift, not a shame. Love is love and makes no distinction between race and gender.
The Politecnico di Milano was present, thanks to PoliEdro,and paraded almost in the front row with the guys of PoliMiPride and the president of the Student Council Alessio Rocca. Presence is important because support for these types of initiatives is fundamental to the evolution of the human race.