Pride is sweeping the country starting in late May (click here to find out the dates in your city). Show your support for LGBTQ rights and equality with some new eye-catching rainbow swag for your team.
Here at Social Imprints, pride isn’t a one-time party—it’s a celebration of acceptance that lasts all year. The LGBTQ rights movement has made tremendous progress, but is still fighting against discrimination, hate crimes and speech, for transgender rights, and much more every day.
So here’s our favorite pride merch that’s fun, bold, and makes a statement way after the glitter settles.
As a San Francisco screen printing company, we’re proud to be in the heart of the LGBTQ rights movement. Did you know that San Francisco is the birthplace of the iconic rainbow flag?
Here are some other facts about the history of the gay pride parade --
1969: Police raid the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Riots break out, and this becomes known as the catalyst for the LGBTQ civil rights movement in the U.S.
1970: People in New York City take to the streets to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The march is named the Christopher Street Liberation Day, and is now considered the country’s very first gay pride parade.
During the weekend of the Christopher Street demonstration, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles also hold events to honor the people in the Stonewall Riots and the struggle of the gay community.
The annual event comes to be known as Pride around the mid-70s. The name comes from the gay rights organization Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE).
In 1978, Harvey Milk becomes San Francisco city supervisor, the first openly gay man elected to political office in California.
Milk comissions artist and activist Gilbert Baker to develop a symbol of pride and hope for the gay community. Baker creates and stitches the first rainbow flag, which he reveals at the pride parade in 1978.
Pride events are now held in more than 158 cities around the world!
And the rainbow continues to be a symbol of celebration and hope, now adorning much more than flagpoles.
Call us today about your pride merch needs, or to set up a free consultation.
To learn more about the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, check out these sources: