By now we’re sure you’ve figured out that June is Pride Month. Sure you can go to Pride parades to celebrate, but if you really want to learn the history behind the LGBTQIA+ movement, there are many sites in the United States that are known for their significance to the queer community. These three places have a rich history and you should visit them this month if you already haven’t.
Jacob Riis Park in New York City, New York
This park found in New York City is also known as Riss Beach or Riss and it’s been a staple of the queer community since the ’40s. Back then it was a beach known for being inclusive and where people would go to sunbathe nude and now it’s super popular during the summer, especially over Pride weekend.
Dixie’s Bar of Music in New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans was known for their queer community during the ’50s and ’60s and this bar was one of the first gay ones in NOLA. Not only does it hold lots of significance for the gay community, it has a rich history for writers and artists as well because Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal used to gather there.
GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, California
The GLBT History Museum is considered to be San Francisco’s “queer Smithsonian” and its collection of materials of the U.S.’s queer history dates back to the 1850s. The museum mainly focuses on the history of the LGBTQIA+ community in San Francisco and Northern California.