On June 28, 1969, after constant raids on gay-friendly establishments by the police, a routine raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City sparked a riot heard 'round the world as members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community banded together in support of equality. The following year, an anniversary march was held in New York. Spreading around the globe, celebrations of liberation and pride have been held annually in cities around the world since then, growing to include over 1 million people today.
Now, 45 years later, the White House is hosting it's first LGBT Pride Celebration on June 30, officially recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month. While there is still work to be done on both a local and a global scale to achieve full equality, take a look at how the movement has progressed across the globe since 1969.