At the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in New York on Friday (28 JUNE 2019), celebrities marveled at the accomplishments the LBGT community has made over the past 50 years.
"Star Trek" actor George Takei pointed to the campaign of Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay mayor in Indiana, and said he was "celebrating with exploding pride."
Takei recalled an aunt who in 1947 had to go to Canada to marry a white man because of an anti-miscegenation law in California.
"Now today, I am married to a white person who happens to be going by the name of Brad," said Takei. "He's a white dude. And so, that is a very personal event that happened that I'm very grateful for."
CNN news anchor Don Lemon echoed Takei's remarks about being grateful LBGT advancement.
"Fifty years in the arc of history is not a long time, but when you've been in the closet and you are a person who has suffered indignities, it is a long time," he said. "I would never have thought that I would be an out, proud, gay man, and never would have thought that I could be married legally, and I never would have thought that I could be open about being a gay man on television every single night."
Also at the celebration was Cyndi Lauper, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Clinton and more.
"Listen, the future is yours, whatever folks want to do, but, before we start thinking about the future, we have to remember that the present is a little wonky right now, said Goldberg. "And as I said earlier, we all have to stand together because if I go down, you go down, if they go down, he goes down, she goes down. So, we all have to hold each other and move forward."
The Stonewall anniversary honors the riots that took place in the West Village of New York City in 1969. At the time, openly gay LBGT community members were not permitted in many establishments. After a police force raided a popular gay bar, Stonewall Inn, riots and protests arose.
Stonewall and LBGT Pride festivities continue throughout the weekend in honor of Pride Month. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)