The first 40 years of Pride in Birmingham has paved the way for organizations to develop, for groups to form, for people to find community. The first 40 years have seen legal battles won and lost, the death of so many people, and the slow march toward a more visible community. The people who put together the very first march knew that they were a part of something groundbreaking, but they also knew they were creating a space of love and joy. As iHP starts its work to preserve the past, I am reminded that these moments of shared excitement are what the work of this project is all about. It really is about putting all of us together on a path of liberation through our shared history, and making our own moments. I don’t know what the next 40 years look like, but I believe that as we learn from our past we can envision a future that is more remarkable than this dark moment we are going through. Please check out the video of the 1st Gay Pride march at invisiblehistory.org under the Projects tab and let us know what you think! Happy Pride to everyone and here’s to another 40!