The 50 Years of Pride exhibit on display in Washington

WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina art organization is honoring pride month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which started the pride movement.

50 Years of Pride: An LGBT Art Exhibit is on display at the Arts of the Pamlico in Washington.

Thad Aley, the Art Exhibits and Events Coordinator for Arts of the Pamlico. says the 50 Years of Pride exhibit is very close to his heart and he's seen a warm reception for it so far.

There are more traditional art pieces like paintings and sketches, but there are also works like children's books and one of a kind painted baseball caps, all created by artists in the LGBTQ community.

While artists from as far away as Seattle and Ontario, Canada submitted pieces, Thad Aley says there are also works created by artists in Eastern Carolina.

He says it means a lot for them to be represented in the growing art community in Washington. "We have all these galleries and all these artists, but we don't really have a place for a gay artist to speak up and to feel safe and that's what I was hoping to create here was a safe environment," said Aley.

All of the artwork is for sale and will be on display now until July 6th.

According to Aley, there are about 50 pieces in the exhibit, which he says is fitting since it recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.