June is Pride month, a period when the LGBTQ+ community recognizes and celebrates the impact that the community has had in history. It is also is a time to remember those who have been lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. While celebrations include parades, parties, concerts and educational opportunities, Pride also provides opportunities for peaceful protest and for raising political awareness of current issues facing the community – including the continued increase in violence toward transgender individuals.
- What does LGBTQ stand for? – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer
- Why is Pride in June? – June was chosen because that is when the Stonewall Riots happened in 1969 – considered the birth of the gay rights movement
- What is the Pride symbol? – The rainbow flag is recognized as the symbol of LGBTQ+ pride. It was created by San Francisco Activist Gilbert Baker.
- What does PFLAG stand for? – Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
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