LGBTQ Pride Month is coming in just a few days. That means the Pride season will kick in to high gear. Most of the big city Pride events, like New York, D.C., and San Francisco, hold their Pride festivals or parades in June, as do loads of cities around the country.

As you prepare for Pride activities this year, dust off your knowledge of LGBTQ history and community with some of these highlighted podcasts.

I took a listen to a few, and, seriously, they’re quite compelling — especially those offering first-person accounts of Stonewall or the growth of what we now call “Pride.”

How “Pride” got its name
The Allusionist interviews activist Craig Schoonmaker, who tells the story how “Pride” became the ever-popular name for the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, the first annual commemoration in 1970 of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

First-Person: Stonewall voices
The popular podcast 99% Invisible airs a 1980s radio story interviewing witnesses and participants of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village.

The oldest gay bar in America
The Memory Palace, known for its enchanting stories and tales from history, takes on the history of the White Horse in Oakland, Calif. Established in 1933, it is said to be the oldest, continuously operating gay bar in the country.

A history-changing arrest
This podcast tells the story of a landmark legal case in 2009. Transgender woman Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested and strip-searched. Hiring a lawyer, Shaw fought back. Her case was instrumental in changing how police in Washington, D.C., process and detain transgender individuals.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.