In Memory of Richard Heakin.
Today, many Pride events across the country commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York, but Pride in the City of Tucson started with another tragedy. In 1976, Richard Heakin was a young gay man leaving the Stonewall Tavern when he was brutally beat and murdered by a group of teenagers.
While the judge presiding over his case only gave his attackers a slap on the wrist, our community stood together in the face of this injustice and there became the beginning of Pride in the City of Tucson. Richard's tragic story led to some of the first LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in the country.