The first gay pride parade took place in 1970 in New York on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, to commemorate the struggle of the first dissenters and to protest social and legislative discrimination against LGBT people. Since then, the gay pride parade has spread to the four corners of the globe, becoming the most extravagant, ostentatious, multihued event in the queer calendar, characterized by glitz, glamour, feathers, and gravity-defying heels. But no matter how wild the parades have become, the underlying message remains unchanged: We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!
For over 20 years, Orbitz has led the way in advocating for LGBTQIA+ equality and inclusion in travel, offering dedicated travel guides and resources so that everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community can travel freely and confidently. Continuing their commitment, Orbitz is now teaming up with Out to present Out in Our World, a series where we highlight cultural havens with nuanced LGBTQ+ history. This month we took a trip to upstate New York to visit the famous historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival―which happened less than two months after the Stonewall Riots―and got the best recommendations for things to do nearby.