Backstory and Context
June is known as LGBTQ+ Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion back in 1969. Though, not the first LGBTQ uprising, it's recognized as the start of the LGBTQ Civil Right Movement. These events were brought about because the marginalized LGBTQ Community had grown tired of harassment. Arizona was not exempt from this activity.
LGBT+ history is under-documented in Arizona archives and libraries. We are actively trying to change that by encouraging the documentation and preservation of documents, narratives and other items that tell the state’s LGBT+ history.
Portland St was Northern boundary of a area affectionately known as the Fruit Loop. The blocks around were a well known hangout for gay men to find other gay men. The route was Roosevelt St, alley West of First St, Portland, and 3rd St.