Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Milestones and Icons for Pride 2024


A Pride Of Passage:

As we celebrate Pride Month 2024, our reflections deepen on the substantial strides made within the LGBTQIA+ community—a testament to centuries of advocacy, resilience, and revolutionary change. This year, we honor the enduring spirit and transformative milestones that have shaped the journey toward equality and recognition.


We trace the path from the early, covert assemblies that marked the genesis of LGBTQIA+ activism to the sweeping legal victories and societal shifts that have broadened the horizons for today’s community. Highlighting both the luminaries who ignited change and the pivotal breakthroughs, we explore the evolution of a movement that continues to fight for inclusivity and equal rights.


This historical perspective commemorates the victories and acknowledges the ongoing challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community, reaffirming the necessity for continued activism and awareness. As the echoes of past triumphs inspire our present, they pave the way for a future where everyone can live authentically and freely.


Together, let us honor the full spectrum of Pride—recognizing the profound impact of those who came before us and the enduring importance of their legacy in our ongoing journey toward equality.


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Pre-Stonewall Pioneers: Early LGBTQIA+ Milestones

Before the flashpoint of Stonewall ignited a global movement, early pioneers laid the groundwork for LGBTQIA+ rights through discrete groups and quiet resistance. Here, we trace the roots of this activism through the formation of the first advocacy organizations, which paved the way for the seminal events of the late 1960s and beyond.

  • 1924: Henry Gerber and the Society for Human Rights:
    Founded in Chicago, this was the first gay rights organization in the United States, albeit short-lived. It published the first known American gay-interest publication, "Friendship and Freedom."

  • 1947: The Vice Versa:
    Created by Lisa Ben, an anagram for "lesbian," this was one of the first lesbian magazines in America, signaling a nascent form of lesbian self-expression and community building.
  • 1950: The Mattachine Society:
    Formed by Harry Hay and others, this group was one of the first sustained gay rights groups in the United States, which aimed to protect and improve the rights of gay men through dialogue and advocacy.
  • 1955: The Daughters of Bilitis:
    Founded by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, it was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States. It played a crucial role in creating a space for women to explore their sexuality in a safe environment.

  • 1965-1969: Annual Reminders:
    Annual pickets organized by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings which took place every July 4 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. They were among the earliest LGBT demonstrations in the United States and set the stage for the larger scale actions that followed.
Legal Landmarks: LGBTQIA+ Rights and Cultural Evolution

The journey toward LGBTQIA+ rights and acceptance has been marked by significant legal battles and pivotal shifts in cultural representation. This timeline traces these milestones, showing how legislation, societal attitudes, and cultural portrayals have interplayed to shape the path toward equality and understanding. Each landmark represents a crucial step forward in the community’s ongoing struggle for recognition and equal rights.

  • 1970: The First Official Pride March
    The first official Gay Pride march was held in June 1970 in New York City, marking the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This event set the stage for the annual Pride celebrations that would follow across the globe, fostering a sense of community and visibility for the LGBTQIA+ movement.
  • 2009: Creation of Transgender Day of Visibility
    Transgender Day of Visibility was established by transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009 and is celebrated on March 31st each year. This day is dedicated to celebrating the contributions and achievements of transgender people while raising awareness of the discrimination they face worldwide, promoting greater understanding and respect within the broader community.

This timeline showcases the progression of legal rights and the vital role of cultural acceptance as both a driver and a reflection of legal change. Through a combination of legal actions and shifts in cultural representation, the LGBTQIA+ community has achieved significant milestones towards equality, though the journey towards full acceptance and equal rights continues. Each step forward has been underpinned by the tireless efforts of activists and allies, with media portrayals challenging prevailing norms and fostering a broader understanding of the LGBTQIA+ experience.

Champions of Equality: Profiles in Activism and Advocacy

As we celebrate Pride 2024, it's crucial to recognize not only the cultural and social strides we've made but also the individual champions who have paved the way for these advances. The following activists exemplify the spirit of Pride—courage, resilience, and a deep commitment to justice. Their efforts span from the pivotal riots at Stonewall to modern movements for environmental sustainability, illustrating how the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights often intersects with other crucial social issues, including environmental justice. Here are profiles of some key figures who have made significant impacts:

  • Marsha P. Johnson
    An icon of resistance, Marsha P. Johnson's impact resonates far beyond her pivotal role in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. As a co-founder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), Johnson was instrumental in establishing one of the first shelters in the U.S. specifically for LGBTQIA+ youth, providing not only housing but also a familial support system for those estranged from their families. Her advocacy extended into her active participation in the Gay Liberation Front and her relentless activism amid the AIDS crisis, making her a forever symbol of resilience and compassion within the community.
  • Bill McKibben
    A leading voice in environmental activism for decades, founding 350.org in 2008. His organization quickly became a pivotal force in the global movement to combat climate change, notably contributing to the international push against the Keystone XL Pipeline and advocating for divestment from fossil fuels. McKibben’s work emphasizes the critical overlap between environmental sustainability and social justice, advocating for policies that recognize the rights and needs of the most vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Pinar Aksu
    Their advocacy focuses on the intersection of human rights and environmental justice, highlighting the unique vulnerabilities faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in ecological crises. Her efforts have led to increased visibility and support for queer refugees, who often face compounded challenges in displacement settings. Aksu's work with various human rights organizations has been pivotal in pushing for inclusive policies that ensure environmental justice initiatives comprehensively protect all marginalized communities.

  • Mike Brune
    Under his leadership, the Sierra Club has embraced a more holistic approach to environmental activism, integrating social justice into its mission of conservation and sustainability. This strategic shift under his guidance has included initiatives to combat environmental racism and advocate for equitable access to clean air and water. Brune's vision has helped pass groundbreaking legislation on the state and national levels, ensuring environmental policies benefit everyone, especially those historically marginalized.

These champions exemplify the diverse and dynamic nature of Pride, demonstrating that the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights is inherently connected to broader social issues. Their accomplishments remind us that true progress requires fighting on multiple fronts, ensuring that as we push for change in one area, we lift up others along the way.

Charting a Course: Towards a More Inclusive Horizon

As we reflect on the significant strides made in LGBTQIA+ rights, it is imperative to recognize that the journey toward full equality and acceptance is far from complete. While monumental gains have been achieved, the path ahead remains fraught with challenges that require persistent advocacy, broad societal change, and dedicated action.

Ongoing Challenges

  • Transgender Rights: Despite progress in many areas, transgender individuals continue to face severe disparities, including higher rates of violence, discrimination, and inadequate access to healthcare. Legal protections for transgender people vary widely around the world, with many facing systemic barriers to changing their gender markers on identification documents and accessing gender-affirming care. The fight for transgender rights remains one of the most urgent fronts in the broader struggle for LGBTQIA+ equality.

  • Healthcare Disparities: LGBTQIA+ individuals often encounter significant obstacles in accessing comprehensive health services. This includes a lack of culturally competent healthcare providers, discriminatory practices within health insurance, and limited resources for mental health support. These disparities are particularly pronounced for LGBTQIA+ people of color and those living in rural or underserved regions.

  • Global Inequalities: While some countries have made great leaps forward in LGBTQIA+ rights, others continue to uphold laws that criminalize LGBTQIA+ existence. These global disparities not only pose a direct threat to the lives and livelihoods of LGBTQIA+ individuals but also complicate international relations and global human rights advocacy.

Future Goals

  • Global Activism: A key goal for the future of the LGBTQIA+ movement is to strengthen international alliances and support grassroots organizations working in hostile environments. This includes pushing for global norms and policies that protect LGBTQIA+ rights through international bodies like the United Nations and other multilateral organizations.

  • Sustainability and Environmental Justice: The LGBTQIA+ movement increasingly recognizes the need to integrate sustainability and environmental justice into its advocacy. This involves addressing how climate change disproportionately affects the most marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+ communities, particularly in developing countries or in areas prone to environmental hazards.

  • Intersectionality and Inclusivity: As the movement looks forward, embracing an intersectional approach that accounts for the multiple identities and experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community is crucial. This means advocating for policies and practices that recognize the varied needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals, ensuring that no one is left behind.
The Path Forward


To forge a truly inclusive future, it is essential for the LGBTQIA+ movement to not only continue fighting against discrimination and advocating for equal rights but also to ally with other social justice movements. This collaborative approach can amplify efforts to address broader systemic issues, such as economic inequality, racial justice, and gender equality, all of which intersect with LGBTQIA+ rights.

Fashioning Change: EcoBlvd's Pledge to Inclusivity

At EcoBlvd, our commitment to sustainability and inclusivity is deeply integrated into every aspect of our initiatives, as illustrated by the collection story shared in our Pride Collection blog. Our Brave Trails Collection and Pride Collections vividly reflects this ongoing commitment, which combines eco-conscious production with designs that actively celebrate and advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.


Our partnership with Brave Trails—an organization dedicated to empowering LGBTQIA+ youth through leadership programs—exemplifies our dedication to these values. The Brave Trails Collection, inspired by and crafted for the LGBTQIA+ community, not only showcases our commitment to style but also supports the vital work of fostering young leaders. Brave Trails offers camps and educational initiatives that help these youth develop leadership skills, build community, and advance personal growth, all within a supportive environment tailored to their unique experiences and needs.


Choosing compostable phone cases from our Pride Collection and  Brave Trails Collection allows you to make more than just a fashion statement—it means you are actively participating in a cycle of advocacy and change that significantly benefits LGBTQIA+ youth. Your purchase supports initiatives that enhance acceptance, understanding, and the personal development of the next generation.



As Pride 2024 approaches, we take this moment to reflect on the incredible strides and persistent struggles within the LGBTQIA+ community. The journey of activism is long and fraught with challenges yet filled with significant victories that inspire continued advocacy. Learning from the past and supporting current initiatives strengthens our commitment to a more inclusive future. Join EcoBlvd in celebrating Pride 2024 and engaging in the ongoing fight for equality and justice.