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Learn LGBTQ+ History with Bonobos

Bonobos Timeline

This year, Bonobos has curated a timeline to honor the people and events of the past 50 years that has allowed us to celebrate World Pride.

Bonobos celebrated 50 years of Pride by honoring the people and milestones that have impacted the LGBTQ+ community. To bring this to life during World Pride in NYC, Bonobos and Out recruited writer and frequent Out contributor, Tom Capelonga, to create a timeline that honors some but certainly not all of the past 50 years of LGBTQ+ history.

"Sharing my love of history makes me feel connected to my community," explains Capelonga, who stresses how our history bonds us together. Capelonga curated the timeline to reflect on some of the moments and people that helped us move closer to a world where everyone fits. He feels that in 2019, Pride is about acknowledging where we have been but also where must go. Capelonga hopes that the timeline will encourage others to keep us all moving forward.


The Bonobos x Out Pride Timeline curated by Tom Capelonga at the Bonobos 5th Avenue Guideshop.

If you missed the timeline on display during World Pride, it's not too late! Be sure to check out the timeline in select Bonobos guideshops through the beginning of July.

1969: Greenwich Village demonstrations and protests over the course of three nights following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn.

1970: Activists organize the first Pride Marches in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

1979: Thousands in San Francisco riot in response to the lenient sentencing of openly gay politician Harvey Milk's assassin in what are known as the "White Night Riots."

1982: San Francisco hosts the inaugural Gay Games with more than 1,300 athletes competing.

1983: The nation's first community-based HIV clinic, Community Health Project, better known as Callen-Lorde opens.

1987: The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) holds its first demonstration on Wall Street.

1988: Activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary establish National Coming Out Day on October 11 to encourage and celebrate awareness of LGBTQ issues.

1992: The inaugural issue of Out is published with Michael Goff as editor in chief.

1993: More than 1 million people attend the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.

1999: The first Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20.

2004: The first legal same-sex marriages in the US take place in Massachusetts.

2009: Harvey Milk is awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

2015: The US Supreme Court rules 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry.

2019: New York City hosts World Pride, marking the first time the event comes to the US.

Click here to read more about how Bonobos is celebrating Pride this year.

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