Happy Pride Everyone!
What is Pride Month? Pride Month celebrates LGBTQ+ culture, achievements, and activism through a series of organized events. Through these efforts, the LGBTQ+ community and it's allies aim to increase awareness over ongoing issues of inequality as well as commemorate the lives lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS.
Why June? Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising; a touchstone even in LGBTQ+ history. On June 28th 1969, patrons of of the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar with LGBTQ+ cliente in New York, stood their ground after police raided the establishment due to gay bars being outlawed. This resulting clash led to days of riots and protests, known as the Stonewall Uprising. On the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, thousands of people flooded the streets of Manhattan, this is regarded as the first gay pride event ever.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton offically declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, setting aside the month as a time to recognize the LGBTQ+ community's achievements and support the community.
What is the Pride symbol? The rainbow flag is the universal signature for LGBTQ+ pride. The flag was created by Gilbert Baker and flown for the first time at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day celebration. Baker called it "the rainbow of humanity". Each of the six colors of the flag represent a different aspect of the LGBTQ+ movement including life, healing, sunlight, nature, serenity, and spirit.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month Resources:
GLADD- a non-government agency founded to promote LGBTQ+ acceptanec along with identifying and preventing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.
GLSEN- a network of students, families, and education advocates working to facilitate LGBTQ+ safety and support in schools.
The Equality Federation - a LGBTQ+ advocacy group working to help advance the rights of LGBTQ+ people.
The National LGBTQ+ Task Force- an advoacy group dedicated to advancing freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ+ people.