In a Statement released by the City of Iowa City Pride Banners are Going up throughout the City for National Pride Month
Iowa City – In celebration of the 50th Iowa City Pride anniversary and Pride month, The City of Iowa City will be displaying Pride banners along Washington Street, Wade Street, and Williams Street in the month of June. A Pride Flag will also be hung on the flagpole in front of City Hall for the month of June.
The national tradition of celebrating Pride in June is a tribute to the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, when New York City police raided a gay bar, sparking six days of protests which are remembered as the launch of the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
The following year, the University of Iowa’s Gay Liberation Front participated in the University of Iowa’s Homecoming parade, making it one of the first student led organizations to champion for the rights of LGBTQ persons. This historic event makes Iowa City one of just a few cities across the country to have had a LGBTQ civil rights movement for 50 years.
Each year, Iowa City Pride brings together thousands of people from across Iowa and beyond to celebrate the LGBTQ community. This year’s theme is “Our Pride We Will Maintain”. Visit IowaCityPride.org for more information.