It was only natural that for Bangor Pride 2019, the celebration’s theme would be a major anniversary happening this year: the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot, the formative event in the early days of the LGBTQ rights movement.
The riot, which happened at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, was the inspiration for the first-ever Pride events held in 1970. Today, Pride events are held throughout June all over the world, and in 10 Maine cities and towns, including Ogunquit, Sanford, Waterville, Belfast, Hallowell, Portland, Ellsworth, Lewiston-Auburn, Bar Harbor and Bangor.
Bangor Pride, organized again this year by the Health Equity Alliance, began a few days ago, with events including the Rainbow Run 5K in Orono on Sunday and the Charlie Howard Memorial Ceremony on Monday, which honors Howard, a young gay man who was murdered in 1984 in Bangor. For the fourth year in a row, Bangor has painted in rainbow colors on a crosswalk on State Street in downtown, near where Howard was killed.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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