Celebrating Pride: Stories about South Florida’s fight for equality


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – June is Pride Month, the celebration held each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which catapulted the LGBTQ fight for equality.

Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa presented a series of stories throughout the month that recognize the contributions of South Floridians to this fight.

It began June 1 with a profile on Pedro Zamora, who came out and shared his story on TV screens across the country as a cast member on MTV’s “The Real World.”

June 1: Pedro Zamora fought stigma on our TV screens

June 4: Ruth Shack laid groundwork for anti-discrimination laws

June 8: Melanie and Vanessa Alenier helped change Florida adoption laws

June 11: Elizabeth Schwartz is a fierce warrior for equality

June 15: Jazz Jennings and family put human face on trans children

June 18: Joan Schaeffer was there for HIV and AIDS patients when others weren’t

June 22: Damian Pardo led fight for equal rights at work

June: 29: Adam Huntsman and William Lee Jones fought for the right to marry

June 30: After being fired, Jorge Mursuli went to work for equality in Miami-Dade

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