Exhibits, panels, opera, more for Stonewall 50th anniversary

FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, a man passes The Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village. The bar was the site of the Stonewall uprising that started on June 28, 1969 and galvanized the Gay Rights Movement. June 2019 Pride Month marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, with events that commemorate that moment and its impact through the last five decades.

The Council Bluffs Community Alliance, the LGBTQ advocacy group in Council Bluffs, will host its first Stonewall Pride Celebration on from 5 to 7 p.m. June 30 in Bayliss Park in downtown Council Bluffs.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which helped start the LGBTQ rights movement.

The CBCA’s Stonewall 50th Anniversary Pride celebration will be a free event, and it will be a “small-town, down-home Iowa LGBTQ Pride” celebration, organizers said.

There will be historical displays highlighting the significance of Stonewall.

There will be free snack foods and water.

The event is open to the public of all ages. The CBCA has also invited staff members from the various presidential campaigns that are currently represented in Council Bluffs.

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After the celebration, the Iowa Western Community College band is going to play in the entertainment area of Bayliss park.

For additional information, contact Mike Yowell at 712-328-5008 or 402-619-6331.

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