Pride month is a time for members of the LGBTQ community and allies to get together and celebrate the advances of LGBTQ+ rights as well as to honor those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. It is also a time to recommit to the work that still needs to be done to achieve equality.
The catalyst for Pride was the 1969 Stonewall Riots – a response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, NY. The raid resulted in bar patrons, staff and neighborhood residents rioting and demanding places where LGBTQ+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest. Pride Month is largely credited as being started by Brenda Howard who organized Gay Pride Week a year after the Stonewall riots.
Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999.
“First Person” Video Series
PBS produced a show about gender identity, sexuality and queer community. There are three (3) seasons that explore gender identity and sexuality, and a variety of LGBTQ-related news and issues.