South Main becomes Castro Street tonight during the monthly Art Trolley Tour. LGBT-supportive businesses in the arts district will be proudly displaying rainbow flags, thanks to the Center City Commission. In honor of Gay Pride Month, the commission passed out small flags to gay-friendly businesses. The trolley tour runs from 6 to 9 p.m. along South Main.
Here's a little Gay Pride trivia: Pride is celebrated in June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent demonstrations by gays and lesbians in response to a police raid at Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. Stonewall is considered to be the first large uprising by the gay and lesbian community against government-sponsored homophobia.
In other news, Representative Steve Cohen was one of 120 sponsors of a fully-inclusive federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act filed in Congress Wednesday night. The bill would provide federal workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. Gender identity and expression were struck from an earlier version of this bill in 2007.