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Rockford Area Pride Committee & The LIAM Foundation Kick Off Rockford Area's 2024 Pride Events.

The Rockford Area Pride Committee is delighted to announce the latest benefit of its partnership with The LIAM Foundation in kicking off the Rockford Area's 2024 Pride Events. This collaborative endeavor marks a significant milestone in commemorating and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community's rich history and resilience.


Together, the organizations will present "50 Years: The Stonewall Uprising" a display made possible through the Stonewall National Museum, Archives, & Library.


Running from March 18th to March 31st, the display will be housed at the headquarters of The LIAM Foundation, located at 1005 Fifth Avenue, Rockford IL 61104. To accommodate visitors, the display will be open during the following hours:


  • Daily Viewing: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Extended Viewing: March 18-22 and March 25-26, 5:00pm - 7:00pm


Further pride events are in the works, and all of these will culminate in the highly anticipated Rockford Area Pride Parade on June 1, 2024. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to submit an entry and take advantage of early-bird discounts. Entries can be submitted at www.rockfordareapride.org.


Logo for the Rockford Area Pride Committee

Further information about The LIAM Foundation and its important work can be found at www.TheLIAMFoundation.org.


"In June 1969, riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village are generally cited as the starting point of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, but the facts are considerably more nuanced and even disputed. Then referred to as the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement, the LGBTQIA+ rights movement had been steadily, if slowly, growing during the 1960s. Arguably, the first widely noted times gay bar patrons fought back against police harassment took place in California years before the Stonewall riots. Media coverage immediately after the Stonewall uprising was minimal. Yet within a year, the first gay pride marches had taken place and gay activist organizations had sprung up. The era of LGBTQIA+ liberation was about to dawn. This exhibition looks at the who, what and where of those June nights in an attempt to understand why the Stonewall riots became the catalytic movement in the effort to secure equal rights for LGBTQIA+ Americans."

The 2024 Rockford Area Pride Parade is presented by the City of Rockford and US Bank. The parade is also made possible through the generous support of its sponsors.




Media Contact:

Phyllis Gallisath

The LIAM Foundation

1005 Fifth Avenue

Rockford IL 61104

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