How the term “gay pride” was coined

The term “gay pride” was coined in 1970. Brenda Howard, a bisexual activist, is known as the "Mother of Pride" for her work in coordinating the march, and she also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day, which became the genesis of the annual LGBTQIA Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June.⁠

To describe the series of events, the slogan "gay power" was tossed around for a bit, but when committee member L. Craig Schoonmaker suggested "gay pride," everyone else agreed on the phrase right away. "People did not have power then; even now, we only have some," Schoonmaker said in a 2015 interview with The Allusionist's Helen Zaltzman. "But anyone can have pride in themselves, and that would make them happier as people, and produce the movement likely to produce change."⁠

📸 Philadelphia’s first Gay Pride rally, 1972 ⁠
Taken by Kay Tobin Lahusen / The New York Public Library