LGBT Pride Month Quiz
What year did the Stonewall Riots take place?
- Responding to a police raid on the morning of June 28, 1969, these demonstrations in support of gay rights by members of the LGBTQIA+ community were foundational to the entire movement.
What three colors compose the Transgender Pride Flag?
- This special flag has five stripes: two blue, two pink, and one white stripe in the middle. It was created in 1999 by Monica Helms, a transgender woman herself.
Which state was the first to legalize same-sex civil unions in 2000?
- Vermont was the first state to allow same-sex couples to pursue civil union in 2000, following it up with being allowed to marry in 2009.
Who was the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected to a position in public office?
- After being elected to public office in California in 1978, Harvey Milk was the first "out" gay man to hold that position. He was assassinated only ten months after taking office.
Wearing what color ribbon signifies solidarity and support for individuals living with HIV/AIDS?
- To combat the stigma that can surround AIDS and those living with it, wearing a red ribbon shows the world that you stand with everyone who is HIV-positive and raise awareness for it.
Who was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar?
- Sir John Gielgud was the first "out" gay man to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Arthur", awarded in 1981.
The first Pride festival occurred in London, England— what date did it take place?
- Chosen for its proximity to the date of the Stonewall Riots, the first London Pride festival was held on Saturday, July 1, 1972, and still happens annually.
Which was the first country in the world to establish same-sex marriage as a legal option?
- In December of 2000, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands gave her approval to a law that allowed same-sex couples to legally marry, with it coming into effect in April of 2001— the first country to do so.
One country, in particular, holds the Guinness World Record for running the largest Pride parade in 2006— where in the world is it?
- With 2.5 million people involved in São Paulo's Pride parade, it remains South America's biggest event.
What was the name of the ancient Greek poet who referenced lesbian relationships in their writing?
- Hailing from the Greek island of Lesbos, Sappho wrote in the Archaic period and often included references to women in relationships within her lyric poems. She was widely known and even referred to as the "Tenth Muse".