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American Pride: New York, Where it All  Began

June is pride season in the US and around the world. But visiting America for pride means coming back to where it all began, the home of the global modern gay rights movement. It’s probably been drilled into your heads that its birthplace was the Stonewall Inn in late June of 1969, when New York City Police conducted a raid on the then mafia-owned bar. The riots lasted a few days. Its commemoration the next year on its first anniversary is what led to gay pride parades the world over. This year marks the 45th anniversary of many gay pride events throughout the US. The Star Observer looks at the biggest and the best: New York.

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